In many of my teaching strategy programs, I talk about ways to help students, especially students with sensory or attention issues, focus more successfully in the classroom.
Occupational therapists might recommend a therapy disk or cushion for these kids, because what they really need is just enough movement to keep them calm. A less expensive solution, that accomplishes the same goal for many kids, is a simple dollar store beach ball. Just blow it up with only a few breaths of air and place it on the student’s chair. Your student will be able to wiggle just enough to keep them calm and focused.
After presenting a workshop in Farmington, NH, where I talked about this idea, I was contacted by Sarah Manter, one of the teachers who attended my program, with a question. Sarah asked if I had any ideas to deal with the squeaking noises that some of her secondary students were making when sitting on the balls.
I offered a few suggestions involving carpet squares, and skid stoppers used for rugs, but Sarah had a much more “real life” solution. Sarah said, “I kind of put it back on them. I explained that there was a difference between a little squeaking with motion and purposely trying to make “farting” noises. Some