Did you know that an exercise ball – one of those big ones used in gyms for balance – can help ADHD symptoms? It’s true.
In 2003 a study was published in the American Journal of Occupational Therapy that said that ADD Students who sat on an exercise ball instead of a desk or chair had less behavior issues and more legible handwriting.
In 2007 a study by the Mayo Clinic found that using balls instead of chairs improved attention span.
Another benefit of the balls is that they allow a fidgety child to release excess energy in a positive and non disruptive way.
The balls are also great for overall health, including strengthening the core muscles and improving balance. That’s important for kids with ADHD who often have trouble walking into things. People with ADHD have poor spatial awareness when it comes to their bodies and the space they are in. Improving balance will help.
If you would like to know more about this, be sure to read this article from Gaiam. And be sure to go to the bottom of the page to read about Lana Ray’s second grade class.