We welcome Lorna Wooldridge, once again, as our guest blogger. Here, she shares with us her tried and true ADHD resources.
Lorna has a Bachelor of Education degree from Bath College of Higher Education in England, and holds a Certificate of Professional Practice from Roehampton Institute in London: “Teaching Children with Reading and Writing Difficulties/Dyslexia.”
Lorna is certified by the Dyslexia Training Institute, and is experienced in implementing the Orton-Gillingham approach to teaching. She has also completed the DTI Dyslexia Advocacy Certification Course and the Orton-Gillingham Online Academy Basic Language Course (Based on Orton-Gillingham Principles.) She is a Level 1 Certified Handwriting Specialist with Handwriting Without Tears and is listed as a tutor through Handwriting Without Tears and the Learning Ally Tutor Network. Lorna has a unique perspective on this condition as she is dyslexic herself.
There are many different resources Phil and I use in our practice to help students maintain focus and I thought I would share a few, plus we have a great giveaway of one of these resources.
- Hand Fidgets and Focus Balls
Therapy Fun Zone explains what makes a good hand-fidget, and also includes ideas for body and foot fidgets. Below, I discuss bouncy-bands and wiggle seat-cushions under the heading of Alternative Seating Ideas.
If you would like to felt your own focus/fidget balls, please take a look at my instructions and photos at the end of this blog entry.
- Alternative Seating Ideas & Bouncy Bands
Some people, including my husband, learn more effectively when they can move about. This Inspired Tree House article discusses ways to achieve this in a classroom setting.
In our practice we use both regular chairs and owl stools. We may add a wiggle seat-cushion, for students that need it. Owl stools also encourage good seating posture, and can help those like me, that struggle with back pain if they sit too long. Owl stools are available assembled or as Kits, from the Geoffrey Warner Studio. It probably won’t come as a surprise to learn that Geoffrey is dyslexic!
Bouncy-bands encourage students to move their feet, and can be added to both chairs and tables. These can be purchased direct from Bouncy Bands,or you can create your own (see the photo below of our homemade band attached to table legs.) We have a bouncy band to give away. You simply need to leave a comment detailing your favorite ADHD resources, or just say “count me in,” to be included in a random draw for a bouncy-band.
- Brain Breaks
From time to time even the most focused students need a brain break. Here are some nice ideas.
I have not taken any specific training to work with students with ADHD or ADD, but the following may be of interest to you.
Focus or Fidget Ball Tutorial:
Photo 1 Form your wool roving strips into a ball.
Photo 2 Start to needle felt to hold the wool roving together.
Photo 3 Continue to needle felt.
Photo 4 Add more colors and wool.
Photo 5 Enjoy squeezing and holding your ball to help maintain focus! Why not create a bowl from which your students can choose?
Lorna has many tricks up her sleeve to enhance the teaching environment for her students. Place your comments in the comment box below and Lorna has a giveaway to share with a lucky recipient.
Keep doing what you are doing because the world needs what only you have to offer.