Seat Cushions as an Option for Sitting Still

seat cushionsWe are halfway through the school year and our children’s struggles, whatever they may be, are more apparent by now. For some, the challenge may be the inability to sit still in the classroom.

As Bonnie Hacker, MHS, OTR/L stated in Sensory Solutions in the Classroom for the Kid Who Cannot Sit Still:

“For the child who needs and seeks out movement, being in a classroom can often be a struggle. The expectation to be able to sit still, attend and learn starts in kindergarten, if not before. Most classroom environments do not support children’s sensory-motor needs. Many children under register proprioceptive and/or vestibular input and need movement in order to be able to attend.”

For many of these kids, a seat cushion could be a part of the solution. There are many options, and if possible, include your child in the purchase so that you have their buy-in.

[easyazon-image align="right" asin="B007Z1FN5E" locale="us" height="110" src="http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/41x2RFtGw4L._SL110_.jpg" width="110"]Disc Balance Cushion

  • Builds core strength
  • Mimics the movement and the shape of an exercise ball

[easyazon-image align="right" asin="B000SOOKVI" locale="us" height="110" src="http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/31IbDcojxkL._SL110_.jpg" width="110"]Wedge

  • Posture correcting seat cushion
  • Provides lumbar support
  • Smooth surface on one side, with sensory points on the other
  • Dynamic wedge shape encourages proper spinal alignment
  • Adjusts to desired comfort level

[easyazon-image align="right" asin="B0042SUJ16" locale="us" height="59" src="http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/31ZxpCdOppL._SL110_.jpg" width="110"]Inflatable Balance Cushion with Smooth Bead Filling

  • Use on a chair for form-fitting stability
  • Improve balance, flexibility and circulation

[easyazon-image align="right" asin="B0029R62VI" locale="us" height="110" src="http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/21DQA2%2BcHAL._SL110_.jpg" width="110"]Donut Exercise Ball

  • Offers a unique balance challenge
  • Builds core strength

[easyazon-image align="right" asin="B002L6CH8Y" locale="us" height="110" src="http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/31956xHTkfL._SL110_.jpg" width="110"]Adjustable Chair

  • Completely adjustable by pulling down on the straps
  • Creates an embrace around the child’s body
  • Durable bottom hinge allows child to rock

Let us know if your child has used any of these and what your thoughts are!

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