ADHD: How to Help Those “Wiggle-worms”

I came across this article and found the information to be clear and to the point about students with ADHD. If you or another teacher in your school has a student that has difficulty staying still in class, please read:

ADHD Hope Newsletter: Why won’t this child stay in his seat?

A few things I do daily to help my own wigglers:

unstack/stacking classroom chairs at the beginning or end of the day
stress balls (Store bought, BUT I am planning to make my own like the ones shown on Ms. Rachel’s Room)
-walking in the halls with a backpack filled with a few books (for bad days)
-sitting on a seating disc like the one shown here

I am DYING to replace my boring, uncomfortable chairs with stability balls for my kiddos. I’ve read a lot about them and I think my students would benefit immensely from them (loads of research shows they help kids stay on task). They are quiet a pretty penny though..

I also love doing BRAIN BREAKS during classes where a lot of sitting is involved. I learned about these from a teacher I co-teach with. The students love them! These could be jumping jacks, toe touches, squats, patty-cakes… anything to get them MOVING. You can easily tie them in with whatever skill/concept you are working on (i.e. math class = have students do squats while counting by fives).

No one likes to sit in one place for a long time… Give em a break! 🙂


  1. Heather's Heart on November 3, 2012 at 2:58 am

    These are all great tips that I have heard and tried! I have also taped a box on the floor where my active kiddo sat during group time. As long as he/she was in the box, then I did not worry about wiggling, laying down, rocking. etc. It really helped this child until they were able to learn some other skills/strategies to help with the wiggles.

    I am happy to be your newest follower. If you get the chance, I would love for you to hop over and visit me. =)

    Heather's Heart

  2. Mrs. Dixon on November 3, 2012 at 3:01 pm

    Hi Heather! Thank you for the new idea, I love it! I will definitely head over to your blog – looking forward to reading 🙂

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