Study co-authored by psychologist Joe Raiker finds kids with ADHD must squirm to learn

New research shows that if you want kids with ADHD to learn, you have to let them squirm. The foot-tapping, leg-swinging and chair-scooting movements of children with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder are actually vital to how they remember information and work out complex cognitive tasks, according to a study published in an early online release of the Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology. The study gained national attention this month with coverage in USA Today, Science Daily and The Washington Post. It was co-authored by Mark Rapport and Lauren Friedman of the University of Central Florida, Dustin Sarver of the University of Mississippi Medical Center, Michael Kofler of Florida State University, and Joe Raiker of Florida International University.

Joe Raiker's research focuses on understanding the impact of neurocognitive deficits (e.g., working memory, information processing) on the primary (e.g., inattention, hyperactivity, and impulsivity) and secondary (e.g., academic achievement, social problems) features associated with ADHD in children. He has begun examining the interaction of multiple dysfunctional cognitive processes and is interested in the implications of these deficits for intervention strategies targeted at reducing the adverse functional outcomes experienced by children and adolescents with ADHD as well as the integration of neuroimaging in further understanding ADHD.

Read more about the study here.