hello all- I hav a 5yrs old son n he don't stay still. he started school n it has been a loonnng yr.

Laura - posted on 06/03/2010 ( 6 moms have responded )

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My son is very active, he jumps n runs all day long. This is his first yr in school n I've been to the school countless times(not all due to him). He is very intellegent n luvs books n it seems tht thoses r the only things tht keep him still. I hav had him evaluated n school social wrker -n his private doc has said tht he is fine. There r some days where he will sit n watch tv or play his games,but mostly he is all over the place.I hav no clue wht to do!

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Chrissie - posted on 06/15/2010

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I also have an active son, though not quite as active as yours. He is above his grade level & is often bored at school. Ask if you child can have a healthy morning & afternoon snack in his classroom. My son's focus dips if he doesn't eat (even though his glucose levels are within an acceptable range - I totally notice a difference!). So does his attitude.
See if the teacher will give the class (or at least your child) little breaks to stand & stretch or walk across the room & back every hour or so. It would benefit the entire class to get the blood flowing to the brain. Good luck, God bless & keep up your dilligence.

Angelica - posted on 06/07/2010

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set up 4 or 5 things he can jump between. make sure he has tons of outside time (rain does not hurt kids regardless of what ppl think, and mud IS washable), and get him a bike or skates or something. my 6yr old son is the same. if i let him run a bit before school he's better there, then after school before homework he runs a bit. take a deep breath and just watch him go. sometimes it's pretty funny :)

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Karen - posted on 06/15/2010

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My 2nd boy is like that too. In preschool they said he does everything they ask the right way, but he dances, walks silly or whatever while he's doing it. They move around a lot of preschool and I'm afraid he may not be able to take the sitting down in kindergarten all day next yr. If he has problems I am going to take Angelica's advice and see if the teacher will let all the kids get up and walk around, wiggle, whatever every hour. That sounds like it would work for my son. He's so hyper that usually he just jumps right out of bed and goes to running around. sometimes I wonder if he even opens his eyes first lol. Very active.

Cathie - posted on 06/15/2010

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Try an elimination diet. Talk to the Dr or healthcare nurse about it. We had the same problem with my son - intelligent, and able to focus when he was really interested, but never still and very hard to settle at night. We discovered that the culprits for him were preservatives, and also foods that are high in salicylates (eggplant, mushrooms, capsicum etc). The diet is also called the Failsafe Diet. Sue Dengate has written stuff about it. It is hard work to begin with - but everyone in the family will eat more healthily and it can make a huge difference to your childs behaviour.

Laura - posted on 06/10/2010

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Thanks for the suggestions. i'll be trying them all.....Not going to giv up!!!1

Sandra - posted on 06/03/2010

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Find activities that he likes to do. If he likes to read encourage that it is a quite activity where he can sit and be still. My son is like that too and we keep him pretty busy. When you are dealing with the school it makes it that much more frustrating but work with them and find ways that you can keep him active but out of trouble. When my son was that age the school allowed him to have books when he was supposed to sit quietly and that seemed to work. You just need to find that thing that will motivate him in school and he will be fine. I am not going to say that it will be easy because it is not. I have been threw 2 1/2 years of frustration with the school and now finally things are looking really good for him! Keep at it and don't give up.

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