Re: Suggestion for helping SPD kids sit still

Fern - posted on 08/10/2009 ( 4 moms have responded )




My dil is a special ed teacher and recently told me that kids who can't sit still often have some sort of sensory issue and she was taught to use a memory foam cushion in the child's chair. She tells me its amazing the difference it can make in some kids. Sure it doesn't work for everyone, because sometimes its a symptom of another disorder such as ADHD, but it works for many kids and sometimes for kids with ADHD. So I wanted to post it here in case any of you want to try it and see if it helps. My older son, 21, had difficulty sitting in school and was diagnosed with ADHD, but he tells me that even now it bothers him to sit in a hard chair. He says he can sit much longer if the chair is soft or has a cushion. So he often puts a pillow under him when a soft chair is not available.


Kim - posted on 12/09/2009




My daughter is 6 and has severe ASD, she sits on a small blown up cushion on her chair at school.......she can now sit there for 20 mins or longer where before 5 minutes was unbarable for her......Works wonders!

Robin - posted on 12/06/2009




One of our occupational therapists recommended a partially blown up beach ball to sit on if money is an issue. I lets them squirm and move a bit, and provides some softness.


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Terri - posted on 02/18/2010




my son has ADHD, SPD, and AS. i found a great website to order all sorts of 'fidgets' and other tools to help these kids w/ their need to squirm. also, there is a cushion you can get, and they have them on this site, called a Wiggle Seat. it's basically a blow up cushion but it's textured and comes in many different shapes. the website is . hope y'all find something that works!

Shelly - posted on 09/07/2009




Thanks for that tip, I may try it! I homeschool my three children, and I know that one has spd, and suspect the other two have some degree of it. None of them can sit still or sit properly in a chair!

Another thing you might try, which I've not yet (mostly due to cost), is one of those exercise balls -- have your child sit on that instead of a chair. It allows them to move freely, but be able to sit comfortably at their desks. Also, it has the added benefit of improving posture and balance. They aren't the cheapest things to buy, esp when you have more than one child to consider, but I think it's something to consider, anyway. :)

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