Children, in particular, those with special needs, often need many breaks throughout their day to help them focus, stay on track, or calm down in order to sit and participate.
Organizing Activities for Kids
Heavy work (gives input to muscles and joints and causes fatigue)
Wall pushes with hands and feet.
Jumping on trampoline
Popcorn jumps (jumping from a squat position and then landing back in a squat position)
Crawling through tunnels
Putting up/down chairs
Sitting on “move and sit” therapy ball during classroom activities
Passing the weighted balls
Scooter board on belly and bottom (wall push offs) 10+ reps
Alerting Activities for Kids
Bouncing on a therapy ball
Upbeat music with a strong beat
Vibrations on the arms, hand or back
Jumping on a mini-trampoline
Heavy work activities (moving a stack of books, re-arranging chairs etc)
Use two fingers on both sides of the spine, give a light upward stroke 3-5 times.
Controlled spinning (no more than 10 repetitions at a time – do not do this if there is any known heart or seizure history)
Push Ups or Wall Push Ups
Running (Relay races, obstacle courses etc)
Calming Activities for Kids
Rocking slowly over ball on belly
Turning off the lights
Swinging in a large circle with child facing an adult (no spinning)
Laying under a heavy blanket
Soft music (spa CD)
Bean bag squeezes
Laying on the floor while an adult rolls a ball over top giving some deep pressure.
Use of body sock/lycra material to wrap in
Light touch/hard touch (depending on the child) – have the student brush a feather over their arms, or squeeze their arms with their hands for deep pressure.
Using two fingers on both sides of the spine to give form downward strokes 3-5 times.
Hand fidgets (such a play dough, wikki stix, thera-putty etc.)
Heavy work (moving furniture, a stack of heavy books, pulling a weighted backpack/rolling cart)