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Now that the end of school is in sight, kids are starting to get fidgety. Restless kiddos are a population I know something about. Having worked with hundreds of ADHD kids over my 25 years as a clinician, I know how challenging it is for the ADHD child to sit still in school, in church, at home and mostly anywhere their parents would like.

This article raises an interesting question about whether this inability to sit still is really all detrimental in terms of their learning capacity. In fact, the studies indicate antsiness may serve a valuable purpose for the ADHD child leading to increased retention and improved academic performance. I like this quote from the article: “What we’ve found is that when they’re moving the most, the majority of them perform better,” Rapport said. “They have to move to maintain alertness.”

We see this phenomenon played out regularly in our Stepping Stones groups where we have incorporated movement into each session to maximize stimulation and engagement. The kinesthetic learning piece of our social skills training program for children and their parents is particularly well-suited to ADHD kids. Almost every week in group, there is some kind of activity that gets the kids up and moving around. Getting to know you sessions might include throwing a ball to a child while the others move in a circle to catch it when their name is called. Body space awareness sessions can include an imaginary hula hoop that members practice having around them while they pretend to walk on the moon, skip in the park, or even act out anger. So while we may still want to correct our kids for foot tapping, leg swinging, and chair scooting extravaganzas, we can also make subtle changes to harness this energy. Getting your child an exercise ball to sit on for homework or encouraging him/her to tap out letters to spelling words might be just what the researcher ordered.

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Most of you already know, Dara, our Associate Director, but she is taking the Qi Gong class being offered in Sterling and has some fun insights on the experience. She contributes to the blog on occasion and this is one of hers.

Holding a grudge? Maybe it’s your liver’s fault…

Haven’t ever thought of your liver as the source of angst? Well think again. I’m taking the Qi-Gong (chee-gong) class that is being offered at our Sterling office and apparently, the resentment I feel at the person who ate the yogurt I brought to work is being housed in my liver.
 
Have you noticed all these people doing cleanses and eating more leafy greens? We seem to instinctively know that spring is a time to get the gunk out. Chinese medicine tells us that this is the season we should focus on detoxing and purifying our liver. It has the honor of being the control center of our Qi (chee), which is our essential life force. It is the energy that flows through our bodies and keeps everything balanced and working its best.
 
The four of us in the class worked through several exercises to push out the toxins and bring in the healing energy of the universe to clean out our livers and help us stop snapping at the other drivers on our daily commute. I get that some of you may be thinking, “this is a little too woo, woo for me”, but maybe you can just think about the last time you felt really good. Were you eating junk food, being sloth-like, and harboring resentment? I doubt it.

So I say, bring on the woo woo and get your Qi on! Your liver will thank you.
dara

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