BEHAVIOR

Exercise causes the release of neurotransmitters in the brain that activate the attention system, increase focus, modulate mood, build resilience, and improve behavior.

Some people are "wired" differently, and learning how to work with their unique physiology can optimize their educational and life experiences.

Exercise decreases anti-social behavior and increases pro-social behavior.

This increases the opportunities to access executive functioning (i.e. problem solving, planning, sequencing, etc.) necessary for learning.

"Time-In" is a specific strategy for kids with ADHD and other behavioral issues. By understanding their physiology and how to work with it, educators can reduce focusing simply on some of the traditional strategies - such as missing recess, critical feedback, and isolation - and incorporate a more proactive approach using exercise - particularly Exergaming (a highly interactive technology in the form of video games that require the player to be physically active to participate).

This 6 minute video (elaborating on the video on the LEARNING page) demonstrates the power of using exergaming equipment in an Exercise Learning Center as a behavioral intervention:  

https://youtu.be/1SujYqIwHa8

"Exercise Is ADHD Medication" (2014) 

Hillman study shows kids who took part in a regular exercise program showed important enhancement of cognitive performance and executive control (inhibition, switching tasks, working memory), especially for those with ADHD.

http://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2014/09/exercise-seems-to-be-beneficial-to-children/380844/

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