Current Research

Abstract

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is characterized by a variety of symptoms that work together to cause educational and social difficulties in patients. Symptoms include impulsivity, inattention, and hyperactivity. In the United States alone, 11% of children ages 4-17 have been diagnosed with ADHD that is about 6.4 million children. Many of the students diagnosed with ADHD have symptoms such as fidgeting and often lose focus throughout the day. Fidgeting is a natural coping mechanism the body employs to promote natural stimulant release, enabling the mind to concentrate on particular tasks. Encouraging fidgeting in the classroom seems to improve focus. In the past, research has shown that the brain’s default network appears to establish a baseline of cognitive function, engaged in times of boredom, impatience, and indecision. Youth using a fidget tool will show an increase in attention and focus during school and home tasks. This increased attention will minimize distractions thus allowing the student to use their full academic potential. In this study, a total of 150 children between the ages of 10 and 17 were selected. In this study, participants were tested using various subtests from the “Test of Everyday Attention for Children, Second Edition (TEA-Ch2)”. It is anticipated that fidget tools will allow a patient to focus better on the task at hand.