Some students lose focus sitting but can find it easier to pay attention in class when they are standing. By standing they are using their muscles, stimulating blood flow and increasing oxygen uptake. Standing or adjustable desks have allowed the students that feel “antsy” all the time, to focus in class.
Students with impulsivity issues often focus on movement and tend to not pay attention to their learning. School desks and chairs can be modified to accommodate students with ADHD impulsivity issues. Resistance bands around the legs of the desk or the legs of their chair allow the student to kick and get their energy out. They use their muscles to push against the bands allowing them to satisfy their need for stimulation and maintaining focus in class.
An inflatable balance disc is another item that is great for students with ADD/ADHD. The balance disc is placed on top of their regular chair. Due to the instability of the balance disc, it forces the core muscles to be used to maintain proper posture. This in turn leads to increased focus when learning.
Sitting on an ergonomic stool is another way of actively sitting using the core muscles. Being active in this manner stimulates more of the brain-body connection. This can lead to more focus in the classroom.
An exercise ball that would usually be found in a gym is a great substitute for the traditional school chair. Sitting on this giant ball requires the student to sit in the proper posture to stay balanced. This forces them to use their core muscles. When students are using their energy to actively sit, they tend be more attentive and focused.
We must be willing to do hard work. We must be willing to take risks. This can be a daunting task. We may ask ourselves, “What if I put in all of my time and energy into this hard work and fail? What if it’s all for nothing? What if people laugh at me?”
Quiet those negative voices. We have to give 100%. We can’t give up.
Y3K Tutor In Your Home recently donated our tutoring and test prep services to the MetroWest YMCA Charity Auction – Helping Kids in Need. Please bid generously as the money raised provides financial assistance for low-income youth to participate at the YMCA and helps fund programs like Teen Night.
A child can drown in as little as one inch of water. Even if your child knows how to swim, watch them closely any time they are in or near water.
The Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association recently made a decision to reinstate boys’ gymnastics after deciding to eliminate it earlier in the year. The change of heart came about after an uproar of letters and petitions demanding the MIAA bring the sport back. This ruling affects several cities and towns including Y3K Tutor In Your Home’s City of Newton. Both Newton North High School and Newton South High School currently have boys’ gymnastics teams.
Schedule time for play or unstructured activities so your kids can process their busy day. It may be overwhelming or draining to spend 6 hours in a classroom and then directly do 2 hours of homework.