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  • Eastmorland Elementary School
  • Joplin, MO
  • More than half of students from low‑income households

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By letting a child sit/stand/crouch in a spot that is best for him, it will completely change his ability to work independently in reading and writing. Meaning, it will make him a better reader and writer! A Pediatric Physical Therapy study conducted in 2006 indicated that when a group of children diagnosed with ADHD was given alternative seating instead of school chairs they paid better attention and scored higher on standardized tests. When kids with an extra amount of energy are given the freedom to sit the way they choose, and switch positions freely, they are more likely to be engaged than if they were forced to sit a certain way for a long period of time. Apart from the academic benefits, there are also behavior benefits. Children that are constantly out of their seat can feel at ease in their new comfy spot, and will more likely remain there for longer. Kids that prove to always be a distraction will be more engaged, so they won't take learning away from others. Kids that get tired and ornery half way through the day are more likely to stay alert. These new seating options will make a world of difference for my students. Having the choice to utilize a "reading pillow" by sitting on the floor and reclining in a comfortable manner, a "back patter seat" to provide a cushioned seat and back while sitting on the floor, or an "indoor/outdoor big pillow" to sit cross-legged or even lie down while reading, will enhance the reading experience for the students in a learning environment.

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By letting a child sit/stand/crouch in a spot that is best for him, it will completely change his ability to work independently in reading and writing. Meaning, it will make him a better reader and writer! A Pediatric Physical Therapy study conducted in 2006 indicated that when a group of children diagnosed with ADHD was given alternative seating instead of school chairs they paid better attention and scored higher on standardized tests. When kids with an extra amount of energy are given the freedom to sit the way they choose, and switch positions freely, they are more likely to be engaged than if they were forced to sit a certain way for a long period of time. Apart from the academic benefits, there are also behavior benefits. Children that are constantly out of their seat can feel at ease in their new comfy spot, and will more likely remain there for longer. Kids that prove to always be a distraction will be more engaged, so they won't take learning away from others. Kids that get tired and ornery half way through the day are more likely to stay alert. These new seating options will make a world of difference for my students. Having the choice to utilize a "reading pillow" by sitting on the floor and reclining in a comfortable manner, a "back patter seat" to provide a cushioned seat and back while sitting on the floor, or an "indoor/outdoor big pillow" to sit cross-legged or even lie down while reading, will enhance the reading experience for the students in a learning environment.

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