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Old 12-01-2010, 12:19 PM
 
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Does anyone know where I can buy a chewie and or a wedge seat. My son cannot sit still in school (he's 6 and in 1st grade). The OT had school has suggested these items.

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Old 12-01-2010, 02:45 PM
 
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Shove Ritalin down his gullet. That'll fix him.

A 6 year old who fidgets and is unfocused. Jamais!

Seems the problem is more with the teacher and school.
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Old 12-01-2010, 03:03 PM
 
Location: Near Graham WA
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Shove Ritalin down his gullet. That'll fix him.
A 6 year old who fidgets and is unfocused. Jamais!
Seems the problem is more with the teacher and school.
Please don't be so quick to blame teachers!
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Old 12-01-2010, 05:19 PM
 
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Please don't be so quick to blame teachers!
I blame the teacher in this case, based on the available information in the post, because six year olds fidget and are unfocused in school, it's their job. The suggestion for such items is likely a request made by the school, as are the reports of "fidgeting and unfocused in school." Fidgeting and unfocused isn't particularly disruptive; more disruptive behavior requires action, obviously. However, the risk of stigmatizing the kid as a problem FAR OUTWEIGHS any trouble general "fidgeting and unfocused in school" can possibly cause.

Any teacher that recommends such devices for kids who "fidget and are unfocused in school" needs to seriously re-examine their career choice, or try another grade where the kids are less fidgety and more focused.
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Old 12-01-2010, 05:20 PM
 
Location: Lowlands
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Sounds like a normal child, parents are too quick to label their children as having ADD and drug all their children.
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Old 12-01-2010, 06:26 PM
 
Location: US Empire, Pac NW
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I concur with the above advice.

My further advice is to ask your kid whether he's bored and what does he find more interesting. Ask him what he wants to be when he grows up, and demonstrate that what he's learning is necessary for that job.

Wow him, too, with stuff. Like, WOW kinda stuff. Show him a muscle car, the engine, the car design, the lights, and the bells and whistles. Ask him what he thinks. Then rev the engine, make him go "WOW!!!!" Then tell him no matter how boring school is, he better learn it, because if he ever wants to do something like that in the future, he better learn.

Insert object of his desire in place of muscle car and adjust accordingly ...

I never would have went into engineering and continued being fidgety and bored in school if it hadn't been for my old man showing me a shuttle launch as a kid on TV. He then built a model rocket with me. THAT is the "cure" that most fidgety kids need. Unfortunately it requires work on your part, no easy fixes. Sorry, that's life.
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Old 12-01-2010, 09:06 PM
 
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I'm going to take a different position here. There was no mention of a teacher, there was mention of an occupational therapist. Yes, lots of kids at age six are unfocused and fidgety, and that's to be expected. I'm not sure that the concern is about disruptiveness as much as things like eating pencils and crayons ( hence the need for a chewie) and falling off the chair and hurting one's self ( hence the need for a wedge seat.)
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Old 12-01-2010, 09:45 PM
 
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I think the school is being reasonable. Are they suggesting the parent give him drugs? No. These are simple devices that can help the student feel more secure. They're trying to improve the student's chances for success. More importantly, they're doing this early on, before the child gets labeled as a troublemaker or gets held back because he can't sit still long enough to learn to read.

They are also trying to create a more conducive learning environment for the other students. Yes, fidgeting is distracting to both the teacher and the other students. Do you want your kid's teacher to be spending most of their time chasing distracted students?

Also, trying to reason with a 6 year old and lecturing them about their future isn't going to work. They don't have the delayed gratification thing worked out yet. Maybe by age 12.

Anyways, I hope that things work out well for your son.
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Old 12-01-2010, 09:53 PM
 
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I think the school is being reasonable. Are they suggesting the parent give him drugs? No. These are simple devices that can help the student feel more secure. They're trying to improve the student's chances for success. More importantly, they're doing this early on, before the child gets labeled as a troublemaker or gets held back because he can't sit still long enough to learn to read.

They are also trying to create a more conducive learning environment for the other students. Yes, fidgeting is distracting to both the teacher and the other students. Do you want your kid's teacher to be spending most of their time chasing distracted students?

Also, trying to reason with a 6 year old and lecturing them about their future isn't going to work. They don't have the delayed gratification thing worked out yet. Maybe by age 12.

Anyways, I hope that things work out well for your son.
The kid is already labeled.

Fidgeting and unfocused is a LOT different than toppling out of a seat and eating everything in sight. That isn't the problem as described by the OP. If that's the case, put a football helmet on the kid. He won't crack his skull and it's hard to eat anything through a facemask.

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Old 12-01-2010, 11:06 PM
 
Location: Chicago,Illinois,USA
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Pollyglott you are right its too early to blame teacher they know better then parents how to handle kids

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mod interpose: to OP and all participants-- please take the conversation to our Parenting forum (you can start a new thread there). This thread should be discussing where to buy the seat mentioned otherwise, it doesn't belong in the local forum. Thanks.

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