OT Activity of the Day:
Target Age Range: 3 and up
School is here! In honor of school starting back up, I've decided to use this platform to help give advice and answer many questions parents ask at the start of the school year.
Today we are going to talk about a wiggle cushion, also known as a disc'o'seat. A major concern for many parents is how to get their active child to stay seated and attend to tasks during the school day. While many children are able to independently sit and attend during school hours, there are many that are unable to do so without assistance. For starters, this is why movement throughout the day is so incredibly important for kiddos, after that, there are plenty of other options that will give a child the input that they are looking for while helping them stay in their seat.
Cue the wiggle cushion! When placed on a child's chair, or in their spot during circle time, it gives the child a bit of movement while in their chair and allows for longer seated attention. You can buy these from therapeutic websites like www.abilitations.com, or Amazon, or at Target. It is important to remember to fill the wiggle cushion only partially and to not over fill as it will then be too wiggly and provide the opposite affect that you're looking for.
If you feel like your child struggles with seated attention and is not currently monitored by an occupational therapist, don't hesitate to reach out. Assistance early in development is so important and really sets the tone for your child's academic career.