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BEHAVIOR: Research and Articles 

“New Study Finds Exercise Improves Children’s Brain Power” (2017)

The New Zealand study found that short bursts of high intensive training (HIT) boosts children's brain power and has benefits for children with learning difficulties or conditions such as autism.

“Exercise Is ADHD Medication”:  Exercise:  An Antidote for Behavioral Issues in Students” (2017)

The Harvard study found that the use of ‘cybercycles’ reduced classroom problems for kids with autism, ADHD, and other concerns.

"Exercise Is ADHD Medication" (2014)

Hillman study showed 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.

"The Role of Exercise in Managing ADHD Medication"

Several research articles referenced.

"Single Bout of Exercise Benefits Children with ADHD" (2012)

U. of IL, U-C study:  Motivating children with ADHD to be physically active may have positive [effects] on aspects of neurocognitive function and inhibitory control

"Taking Away Recess Bad for Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder Kids" (India) (2012)

Exercise and ADHD medications act on the brain in very similar ways, said Thomas Lenz, an associate pharmacy professor at Creighton University.

"Cure Winter Doldrums with In-Class Exercise: Get Up and Move! A Little Exercise May Boost Learning"

Charleston Progressive Academy reported a 95% drop in discipline issues after starting a before school physical activity program.

"Can Exercise Improve Behavior? Help Encouraging a Child Who Has Autism" (2013)

Nationwide Children's Hospital - 20-30 minutes of aerobic exercise improves behavior and attention in students with ADHD and ASD.

"The Exercise Effect" (2011)

Otto and colleagues reviewed 11 studies investigating the effects of exercise on mental health. They determined that exercise could be a powerful intervention for clinical depression.

"Exercise Boosts Mood Up to 12 Hours" (2009)

This study found that benefits lasted as long as 12 hours following activity, compared with rest.

“Exercise as an Educational Intervention:  Behavior” (2019) 

When teachers and students better understand how to work with the body’s physiology, the educational experience is optimized. This is especially true for students with behavioral challenges.  Estes Park Middle School used an Exercise Learning Center as an educational intervention.  Shape Colorado, p. 21

"Exercise Reorganizes the Brain to Be More Resilient to Stress" (2013)

Princeton study finds physical activity reorganized brain so response to stress is reduced and less likely to interfere with normal brain function.

"ADHD Statistics" (2019)

ADDitude MagazineEditorial Board summarizes research statistics on ADHD in general and for specific groups - children, teens, boys, girls, adults, women, etc.

“The Science of Empathy: What Researchers Want Teachers to Know” (2019)

John Medina podcast sharing findings that the human brain appears to have been designed to solve problems related to surviving in an outdoor setting, in unstable meteorological conditions,and to do so in near constant motion and that empathy affects our ability to learn.

"Researchers Probe Link Between Autism and Gastrointestinal Problems" (2013)

Gut bacteria distribution could play role in disease, brain development.

"Exercise Improves School Performance for Kids with ADHD" (2012)

MSU study demonstrating that 20 minutes of exercise improves attention and performance.

"ADD/ADHD:  What is Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder" (2022)

Thomas E. Brown, PhD, Associate Director, Yale Clinic for Attention and Related Disorders explains ADHD.

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