Friday, June 20, 2014

Kids need movement

At the elementary schools where I work, the students are limited to two 15-minute recesses a day. Add that to a 15-minute lunch and these kids get just 45 minutes a day of non-classroom time. Although, on specials days, they get an additional 30 minutes of P.E., art or music. That is just 45 minutes in a 6-7 hour school day... no wonder kids fidget!

This blog post showed up Facebook many times this past week, mostly because many OTs agree... Kids need to move!

Angela Hanscomb, MOTR/L, discusses her experiences in working as a pediatric occupational therapist screening a student who may be diagnosed with ADHD. This student cannot sit still in his classroom, and comes home with yellow smiley faces as opposed to green like his peers. He started having self-esteem issues just because he needs to move. Not only does this student need to fidget, but so do many others.

Angela states:
The problem: children are constantly in an upright position these days. It is rare to find children rolling down hills, climbing trees, and spinning in circles just for fun. Merry-go-rounds and teeter-totters are a thing of the past. Recess times have shortened due to increasing educational demands, and children rarely play outdoors due to parental fears, liability issues, and the hectic schedules of modern-day society. Lets face it: Children are not nearly moving enough, and it is really starting to become a problem.
To read more about Angela’s thoughts on movement and why kids aren’t getting enough in their lives, read her post here.


Shelly is happy being an OT means getting to move along with the kids!

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