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Need to Wiggle? Teacher Tips

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 provide gentle rocking movements.

Other tips you can think about?

Just a thought: For I know the plans I have for you….Jeremiah 29:11

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Back Packs: Beware!!!!!

The American Occupational Therapy Association has these helpful hints for preventing back injuries by carrying too heavy or too large back packs!

Loaded back packs should not weigh more than 10% of the child’s weight

Load the heaviest items closest to the child’s back

Distribute weight evenly by using both straps.  One strap slung over a shoulder can cause the student to lean to one side, causing the back to curve and creating discomfort

Bottom of the pack should rest in the student’s low back curve.  The bottom should never be more than four inches below the student’s waistline.

Select a back pack with padded straps to help prevent tingling or numbness from pressure to the neck, shoulders, or arms.

For more helpful information check out their website at aota.org!


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