Therapeutic Eurythmy movement therapy for children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD): a pilot studyMagdalena Majorek,Tobias Tuechelmann ,Peter Heusser
This paper considers Therapeutic Eurythmy (TE) as a possible therapy for children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).
ADHD manifests as a complex psychological disturbance in which deficit of attention such as forgetfulness or distraction is the main symptom. It would seem that a growing number of children seem to be affected by this syndrome and an increasing number of alternative approaches to treatment are being sought.
Therapeutic Eurythmy is a movement Therapy in the context of anthroposophical medicine. As a holistic therapy TE affects both physical and spiritual aspects of illness.
TE entails the practice of movement exercises learned from a trained therapist.
In this exploratory study, the effects of TE on behavioural functioning were examined.
This paper addresses five single cases where the therapy induced positive changes to client’s attention span, concentration, tempo of work and motor skills such as coordination, dexterity and social behaviour. Standard psychological tests parameters for movement, and for attention were used to assess aspects of performance.
A positive shift was observed with reference to concentration and development of movement skills. Results were less pronounced but showed positive improvements on working speed and social behaviour problems. Hyperactivity also diminished to some extent. Generally, children were considered to be more mature in their development
after therapy. The results of these case studies suggest that TE may be helpful for children with ADHD. However, more systematic research is warranted.