One of the key factors in observing children we think may or may not have Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder would be hand movements: finger tapping, hand tapping on surfaces that may produce sounds, like that of a drummer on drums.
They may use a pen to tap on the table or just tap a finger using the nail to create a sound. They may appear listless, touching, twirling, clapping, drumming on invisible drums, strumming invisible guitars, fiddling and all sorts of things that they may do with their hands, they would.
It seems annoying to those looking at them. These hand movements can be used with other actions and tasks that will make them concentrate and pay attention to. One of these activities would be drumming. Whether these drums are those box-looking beat boxes, purchased remo kintekloth tubano key-tuned at musicians friend or the regular drum set, these children may find a way to keep these hand movements positive and enjoyable.
Below is a short video on ADHD and finger tapping:
One of the things parents and caregivers have these children diagnosed with ADHD would be music and drumming. According to a Psychology Today article:
• Music and drumming: The brain activity is often sonar-driven for stimulation and I have developed specific drumming CDs that we have shown to heighten the frontal lobe activity consistently. [...] My point is that there many types of rhythmic music that would accomplish this neurological process.
Other activities in the article made mention of:
- chewing gum
- breathing patterns
- exercising (get them involved in sports)
- eating the right food (diet of high proteins (at least 50%) and complex carbohydrates every morning – no sugar)
I looked for more articles supporting the idea of drumming for children diagnosed with ADHD and read about this interesting topic.
One boy stood out from the rest. He was louder, antsy-er and even more hyperactive than the others, and of course, he won my heart. One day, he was even worse than usual. After class, I approached him.
“So, what’s up?” I asked.
“I forgot to take my medication today,” he said.
“Ohhhh … I get it,” I said.
And he knew that I knew what he was talking about. Knew first-hand. And that there was no judgment, only camaraderie. If only I’d had an adult around like that when I was a kid, I thought. I’m trying to give these kids what I didn’t get when I was an out-of-control, misunderstood, hyperactive ADHD kid. I let them get up and dance, shout, parade around the room with drums, and be kinesthetic in their learning.
Mark Lucas believes drumming lessons can help children with ADHD and had designed programs to help these children learn drumming.
For parents of children diagnosed with ADHD, providing them with activities that will transfer their bountiful energy in activities that will make them move and at the same time concentrate are a big help in helping them manage their behavior.