Is getting your child to settle and focus on homework a challenge in your home? Or, is focusing on school work a challenge at school?
Parents and teachers ask me all the time, “What can I do for self-regulation to help a child focus on school work for high movement kids?” Here are some ideas to help you if you are asking the same question.
Often, with children who seem to exhibit high movement needs, such as seem to be constantly moving, wiggling and/or fidgeting all the time, and are described as “on the go,” we give movement strategies to meet their movement needs.
However, before we get into effective movement strategies for our high movers and groovers, I want to you to also keep in mind that regulating ourselves to get into that just right state for learning can come in many forms. Some kids and adults who are high movers do best with movement strategies but there could also be other strategies that are effective as well. Therefore, it is always best to try a few strategies and get the child's input.
Some examples of regulating strategies that do not involve movement include:
- drawing, colouring, mandula designs, etc.
- working on a craft project for a few minutes
- doing deep breathing with an object like blowing a pinwheel, blowing up a balloon, blowing pretend candles, etc.
- sensory play such as playing with water, plasticine, magic sand, bubble wrap, slime, or a tactile bin or baggie (with fabrics, rice, water balls, beans, etc.)
- construction play with Lego, Plus Plus, Kinetics
-listening to music