9 Ways to Focus Right Now: Harness the Power of ADHD Fidgeting

Attention deficit children and adults can actually improve focus by multi-tasking sometimes. These secondary "fidget" activities may be the key to improving your or your child’s ADHD attention and focus.

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Walk or Move

When your ADHD child gets restless and tunes out an important conversation, try walking and talking. Any non-strenuous activity, like playing catch or doing a jigsaw puzzle together, will also work. This is a powerful strategy for talking over your child's day or communicating with your ADD partner about an important matter.

Stand Up or Move Around

Talk with the teacher about small school accommodations like letting your child stand, at appropriate times, during the school day. A child can do this discreetly at the back of the room or at his desk. Some teachers assign a child two desks, so he can move from one to the other when necessary. Other teachers let restless kids be message runners and send them off on real or invented errands.

If you can't focus in a meeting at work, use a coffee break or a visit to the washroom as an excuse to stand. If you're really restless, use a bathroom visit to run up and down a flight of stairs, fast, a few times.

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