Did you know that our body needs stability before mobility? This means that our body needs to be secure in one position before moving a body part away from our body. For example, sitting down on the floor or in a chair to write, cut, or eat requires good balance, good posture and the ability for us to move our arms/hands away from our body. Our body needs to feel balanced and strong in the sitting position before we can reach out with our hands to do these activities. Two ways to help our body feel stabilized in the sitting position: Sit on the floor in criss cross applesauce style. Reversed W sitting (legs behind the body not sitting on the legs) can hinder the development of […]
Tips for those kids who need to wiggle to stay alert but should not leave their seat: 1. Chew gum or suck on sour candy (if allowed in school; allow at home if no problem with choking or swallowing) 2. Tie a stretchy exercise band around the front legs of the chair. Place your legs and feet behind the band. When the need to get out of the chair arises and you should not, push against the band to help release the “wiggles”. 3. Try a “Sit and Move Cushion”. This has bumps on one side and air inside which allows “wiggling” without getting out of the chair. Purchase at www.funandfunction.com or www.therapro.com 4. Place tennis balls on the back legs of the chair to […]
For those children who need to fiddle with something while they are listening, this tip may be just what they need. Mrs. McNabb, a first grade teacher shared this hint with us: Place a piece of adhesive backed velcro (both pieces: hook and loops) inside the desk. Press on it to make it stick. This will allow the student to pull on it, rub it, and play with it without bothering any other student. GREAT TIP!!!! Thanks! Do you have a tip you would like to share?
As you prepare a “homework” place for your child, please consider the right size furniture. Our bodies need a chair that allows our feet to be on the floor and promotes good posture. For the children who do not have good posture and need to lay their heads down on the table/desk or to hold onto the chair with one hand or like to sit on their feet in the chair, the chair may need arms to provide more postural stability. The table/desk should be two inches above their bent elbows. Good posture allows us to reach forward to write, color, uses scissors without subconscious fear of falling out of our chairs! So please use child fitting furniture rather than adult fitting furniture if you want the very best […]
You know, Mom, I sit in a chair all day at school. Do I have to sit down to do my homework? Suggestions to Mom If writing legibility does not fall apart, allow your child to stand at the table to do homework. Have you tried allowing your child to lie on his stomach, propped on his arms on the floor to do his work? Sitting in a bean bag chair for reading work can be very calming If good handwriting is required, make sure the desk or table top is two inches above his bent elbow while sitting down in the chair. Make sure your child sits in a chair which allows his feet to be flat on the floor. This is important for good writing […]
Continuation of question 2: Can the student maintain an appropriate posture for writing? Last week we talked about muscle strength and tone, as well as balance which helps us sit tall in a chair and frees our hands to move about on the desk top. This week we will talk about crossing the body’s midline which affects establishment of hand dominance and the ability of a student to freely move one hand from one side of the desk to the other side. It also affects the ability to draw diagonals in shapes and letters. Our body is split into two parts: the left side and the right side. We must be able to cross with our right hand from the right side of the body to […]