My second grade students attend a Title I school and over half of my class is composed of ESE or ESOL students. Many of my students are being raised in single parent households and receive a free lunch based on their socioeconomic status. These children also have a range of disabilities, including intellectual disabilities, emotional disturbance, autism spectrum disorder and specific learning disabilities. Many cannot sit still in a traditional chair and are constantly moving. Regardless of these challenges, my students are eager to learn and strive to succeed.
Yoga ball chairs allow for more movement while sitting, which enhances the students' ability to be more attentive. Sitting on these balls improves behavior and academic success. In other words, students using ball chairs are able to focus, stay on task, and get those wiggles out!
Some kids need more movement than others.
And for some kids with a sensory processing disorder or ADHD, being in motion allows their brains to be engaged. "There is a neurological pathway that goes from your body's balance and movement system to your alert system in your brain. Movement actually allows for alertness and attention," says Diana Henry, an occupational therapist who travels the country in an RV to offer school-based and individual occupational therapy services
By donating to this project, you will not only help to improve and increase student attention and focus, you will ultimately help to increase their academic achievement.
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