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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 or

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


Teacher Tip for Those Needing to “Fiddle”

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?

Mid Summer Anxiety?

As school rapidly approaches, some may experience “mid summer anxiety”.  Looking ahead to another school year often means joy to some: “Yea! The kids are back in school!” and anxiety to others: “Will this be a good school year to my child? Will the teacher emphasize his strengths rather than focusing on his weaknesses? Will there be “meltdowns”?” and the list goes on.  These are some suggestions to think about and I would love to hear your suggestions as well!

  1. Make a list of your child’s strengths, those you would like the teacher and yourself to focus on this school year.
  2. Make a list of the modifications that would encourage these strengths and reduce the impact of his weaknesses.  You may want to schedule an early ARD meeting to discuss these.
  3. Rather than waiting until his teacher “discovers” your child’s weaknesses, meet with her early in the year to discuss your concerns and make her aware of your child’s “possible needs”.  Why let your child begin to fail because help was not put in place.
  4. Schedule fun times with your child: Have set dates when you two can “play” rather than focusing on school work.
  5. Try not to over schedule yourself or your child.  You both need “down time”!
  6. Pray for God’s guidance, the right mix of children in the classroom, yourself, and especially for his teacher!

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