Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Fidgety kids

Have a child that has difficulty paying attention and focusing?  One that is constantly slouching or needing redirection?  Or, a child that has difficulty sitting still to complete his/her homework?  Try having the child sit on an exercise ball.  Studies have shown improved attention and focus when a child sits on a ball.  Students have reported a difference in their ability to concentrate.  And, sitting on an exercise ball works on core strength.  It is best if the child's feet touch the floor and it is important to remind the child that there is no bouncing or rolling the ball.  Most children like using the ball, so taking the ball away when the child bounces or rolls is usually a good way to reinforce the rule.  We don't recommend using the ball for more than 15-20 minute sessions so as not to incur back aches or poor posture.

9 comments:

  1. I use to have one of these balls for exercising and my children used it all the time. I had no idea it had such great benefits! I will have to get another one!

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  2. I love it..I am a duly with adhd and I have a desk job. Funny, the hyperness as a adult is replaced with restlessness, so I sit on a ball for about 5 hrs a day...saves my back and allows me to rotate. Frankly, when I get stressed or bored.. I bounce a little;)

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  3. These balls have many good uses. Our office requires that the balls have sand in the bottom to decrease the rolling so as not to be a safety hazard. There are also stands that the balls can be put on. At home, though, get the full benefit by using them without sand or the stand.

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  4. How in the world did you get the sand in the ball?

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    1. I have never tried it, but I am told that getting sand in the ball is fairly easy. Take a drinking straw and put it into the hole and use a funnel to put in the sand. 3-4 cups will equal approximately 1 lb. These balls are also great for upper body strengthening, either with or without the sand (although no sand for young children to lift). I posted a picture of a base on my latest (today) post if you want to take a look. I couldn't figure out how to get the picture posted on this post.

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    2. You can click on the ball or base image for more information and to order.

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  5. you can also get a cover for it that makes the ball easy to carry from room to room, more aesthetically pleasing and hygienic (easy to wash). www.myball.co

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  6. I have Tourette's, and to sit still for long periods of time, I often sit in strange ways. This makes me wonder if sitting on one of these would have helped me as a child.

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  7. These types of tennis balls have some of good employs. The place of work requires that your golf balls possess sand at the base to reduce the moving so as not to be considered a protection threat. There are also holders that this golf balls can be used on. In your house, even though, obtain the entire profit by utilizing these without fine sand or even the stay.
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