It’s hard to sit still for long periods of time. You know the feeling. It can be especially tough for kids in school. You probably remember being a kid and getting squirmy in class. With high energy and active minds, it’s sometimes a challenge for a kiddo to just stay still and pay attention to curriculum and learning for extended periods of time without breaks that engage their other senses.
Fidgeting kids shouldn’t just be mandated to just sit still and focus on the task at hand. Studies have shown that students that utilize physical activity during the school day have increased focus for on-task behavior.
That said, teachers can’t create an effective learning environment when students won’t sit in one place. To keep little minds focused on big learning, it’s a great idea to introduce active seating in a classroom setting.
What is active seating?
Active seating, flexible seating, dynamic sitting, unsupported sitting, or whatever you want to call it, gives children a chance to wiggle, wobble, or move their body in a controlled manner while they sit. This movement keeps sensory systems controlling balance and muscle-use engaged. With these systems getting the input they crave, the child is able to move their focus back to seated activities and classroom listening. “Simply put, physical activity will help kids learn better.”
Active seating options
Now you’re probably wondering, “What can I use for active seating?” Glad you asked. eSpecial Needs has been outfitting parents and teachers alike with active seating solutions for years, and we’ve got lots of ideas to share. Check out this fun infographic we made to highlight some active seating examples that have been favorites among our customers.
Each of these examples approaches active seating from a different angle.
- The rounded bottom of Kore Wobble Chairs provides allows children to wiggle a bit as they perform seated tasks. This subtle input to core muscles and their vestibular system promotes focus and attention, but in a non-disruptive way that’s great for classrooms.
- Featuring a non-slip surface and stability-priding “feet,” Balls With Feet let users wiggle and squirm without falling over. Just a little added bounce in a child’s day can really improve alertness.
- Yoga ball chairs or ball chairs help improve balance, stability, and posture, while increasing blood flow to the legs. The rolling wheels and back of the chair provide more traditional stability for the user, while remaining actively sitting and engaged.
- The Yogibo line of soft, versatile bean bag chairs provide cozy sensory input and stability while also allowing for movement. These are great for home-use, and they create classroom reading areas kids love to spend time in.
- The Height Adjustable T-Stool is the classic active seating solution many schools reach for when working with kids who have trouble sitting still. T-stools engage lots of sensory input needs by keeping joints and muscles active, resulting in a much more focused sensory-seeking student.
The options don’t end there, though. If you’re in need of more ideas and choices for active seating, we have an entire section of products listed on our website. If you’ve got questions about active seating, contact our Customer Service Department at 1-877-664-4565. Active seating is a proven tool for increasing focus and attention in the classroom, and we’d love to help to students in your classroom reach their highest potential.