There are long lists of modifications and accommodations for working with ADHD students and others with symptoms or diagnoses that impact their learning. While many of these strategies involve making changes and/or adjustments to the assignments and activities given, changes to the learning zone itself can often be overlooked. For students with a propensity to fidget who require increased opportunities for movement, modifications involving the functionality of seating choices can offer an outlet for the behaviors and impulsivity that can be displayed when an extended amount of stationary and focused time is needed. These 6 examples of seating options are student and teacher-tested and provide a great starting point for introducing seating alternatives to improve focus and performance.
AlphaBetter Desk – This durable and adjustable product from Safco gives students a variety of outlets for movement. The desk can be adjusted to accommodate students in grades 3-12 and offers them the ability to stand and complete work. The built-in footrest bar offers a patented swinging pendulum motion that gives students an opportunity to release some energy with movement while remaining focused on their learning. This soundless feature can do wonders for replacing the noises and distractions that often arise when extended focus periods are required.
Bouncy Bands – This inexpensive alternative seating accessory can be the perfect addition to modify a piece of traditional classroom seating. For students with legs that won’t seem to stop moving, these bands can be attached to a variety of desks or chairs and offer learners a literal springboard that allows for movement in a contained area. The bands are also perfect way to offer additional comfort to students whose legs don’t quite reach the floor!
Kore Chairs – With the ability to rock, spin, and wobble a bit, students can enter a more focused zone by allowing their bodies some movement options that aren’t possible in standard seating. The banging of chair legs or constant reminders for students to stop leaning back in their chairs can be eliminated. This safe and durable option for adding some natural movement that can both improve focus and core muscles is a win/win when it comes to giving students a comfortable and actively engaging seating option.
LearnFit Adjustable Standing Desk – An easy to use lever allows students of all ages the ability to height adjust this standing desk and easily transform their learning space. With the addition of a device and cup holder, students may never want to leave this engaging work station. The ability to sit, stand, and/or easily move the desk for a variety of learning configurations makes this a great resource for any student, but LearnFit is especially helpful for those students who have trouble maintaining focus in seating with singular options.
Runtz Ball – By taking a component originally created for the fitness industry and tweaking it with some additional accessories, Safco has created a healthy seating option for both mind and body. The exercise ball nestled inside an easy-to-clean cover and supported by four legs is a perfect non-sedentary option to build posture and balance while helping students maintain focus. The larger Zenergy Ball also produced by Safco is another great core balancing option for bringing some non-disruptive movement into the classroom to improve focus.
Stand2Learn Desk – The built in footrest on a Stand2Learn desk sets it apart from others. If a student chooses to sit at the desk, the footrest offers them a resting spot for dangling legs. If a student chooses to stand, the footrest is there to allow for multiple stance configurations to help them find the best fit for maintaining focus. This research-based design is a highly effective resource when it comes to students who struggle to focus.
Adaptations to the learning environment can be just as effective as those made to the workload of students who struggle with ADHD and other diagnoses that hinder their ability to focus and learn. While seating alternatives can hold the key to improving focus and behavior within the classroom, these 6 options also hold the coveted GEI seal of endorsement. By finding ways to update the learning zone, teachers can help students tap into newfound ways to improve their learning potential.