Fidgeting and ADHD
While many consider fidgeting counterproductive to learning, studies show that it helps people keep their brain stimulated while trying to listen and understand new information. In fact, experts have concluded that movement is really important for learning because we use both sides of our brain.
Recent research has confirmed that any physical activity increases levels of the neurotransmitters dopamine and norepinephrine, improving cognitive performance — in the same way ADHD medications do.
We are generally able to concentrate only on one thing at a time, but for adults and kids with ADHD it's quite the opposite — doing two things at once focuses their brain on the primary task. Using fidget tools and toys can help them increase attention and improve problem-solving. So it turns out that fidgeting isn't just a symptom of ADHD — it's a coping mechanism.
It's important that fidgeting should be deliberate — intentional fidgets allow people with ADHD self-regulate symptoms in a controlled and effective way. If done right, multitasking promotes focus — and a fidget toy can make a huge difference to someone with ADHD.