Assumption No. 9: Do not assume ....that a fidgety kid is not listening.
This seems like a no-brainer to me but apparently it is not something that everyone knows! A very quick google search will produce an array of resources. I loved the comment on an article entitled Kids with ADHD need to fidget. The comment was, "Duh!" You can do your own googling for research if you don't believe me! I decided to make this a resource page.
Below are some great websites for fidgets. Make sure that you choose quiet ones for learning time.
There is even a web page devoted to many links for this topic; Fidget to Focus.
You can address this issue with fidgets and also with sensory integration. I think when I began this journey the Kranowitz books were the primary resources. Now there are oodles of books and I probably own about half of them. Here are just a few:
- Starting Sensory Integration Therapy: Fun Activities that Won't Destroy Your Home.
- Raising a Sensory Smart Child
- Starting Sensory Integration Therapy: Fun Activities That Won't Destroy Your Home or Classroom.
- The Out of Sync Child Has Fun
- Asperger's Syndrom and Sensory Issues: Practical Solutions for Making Sense of the**
- Brain Gym