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  • Hopkins West Junior High School
  • Minnetonka, MN
  • More than a third of students from low‑income households

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At a recent conference presented by Dr. Tony Attwood, a leading expert in executive functioning in persons with Autism Spectrum Disorders, he touted the benefits of using FitBits to help increase students' self-awareness and self-regulation skills. He explained that many individuals with ASD are not able to identify when they are escalating and have a very narrow window of time when they are able to intervene before losing control and rational thought. Due to missing the early warning signs (such as increased heart rate, perspiration, muscle tension, increased rate of breathing, etc.) they often miss that window and lose their ability to make healthy choices for themselves. With the aide of the FitBit heart rate monitor and its wireless data, individuals are able to watch their heart rate as an indicator of early warning signs of stress or anxiety, intervene early with pre-taught strategies and coping skills (including working to decrease their heart rate by watching the fitbit while doing deep breathing exercises, which can also create a distraction from their stressor/anxiety trigger and aide in de-escalation), and avoid a larger escalation to be able to return to the learning environment and feel more successful at school. Ball chairs support movement in classrooms and support the focus and release fidgeting anxious energy that many students with ASD demonstrate as a result of comorbid anxiety and ADHD.

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At a recent conference presented by Dr. Tony Attwood, a leading expert in executive functioning in persons with Autism Spectrum Disorders, he touted the benefits of using FitBits to help increase students' self-awareness and self-regulation skills. He explained that many individuals with ASD are not able to identify when they are escalating and have a very narrow window of time when they are able to intervene before losing control and rational thought. Due to missing the early warning signs (such as increased heart rate, perspiration, muscle tension, increased rate of breathing, etc.) they often miss that window and lose their ability to make healthy choices for themselves. With the aide of the FitBit heart rate monitor and its wireless data, individuals are able to watch their heart rate as an indicator of early warning signs of stress or anxiety, intervene early with pre-taught strategies and coping skills (including working to decrease their heart rate by watching the fitbit while doing deep breathing exercises, which can also create a distraction from their stressor/anxiety trigger and aide in de-escalation), and avoid a larger escalation to be able to return to the learning environment and feel more successful at school. Ball chairs support movement in classrooms and support the focus and release fidgeting anxious energy that many students with ASD demonstrate as a result of comorbid anxiety and ADHD.

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