Movement

Autism And Exercise: Physical Activities Improve Autistic Children’s Motor Skills, Behavior, Attention, Social Communication & School Performance

Physical activities are often overlooked in autism therapies. Parents usually put emphasis on training their autistic child to communicate verbally, establish eye contact, and how to behave in social situations. Experts, however, said that exercise plays a huge part in providing a better quality of life to people with autism. Meghann Lloyd, an associate professor of …

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Kids with ADHD need to move in order to learn, research reveals

Forcing them to stay still is counterproductive. Children with attention deficit hyperactive disorder (ADHD) are always being told to sit still and concentrate, but new research has revealed that they actually need to move in order to learn. In fact, small movements such as fidgeting, squirming, leg-swinging, foot-tapping and chair-scuffling may be vital to remembering …

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Why Is Physical Activity So Good for Your Brain?

This is really interesting. Apparently physical activity increases white matter integrity. White matter consists of cells and axons that are responsible for communication between the different parts of the brain. The axons in the white matter work best if they are myelinated which means a fatty layer forms around them. This allows nerve cells to …

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Physical therapy: New research studies how running programs can help autistic children

Dusty Sweeney faces more obstacles than the average 16 year old. Diagnosed with autism at age 2, Dusty has limited verbal communication skills, and he will likely never be able to live on his own or hold a job. But, Dusty has picked up one habit that his mother, Katie Sweeney, hopes will make his …

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