Going through transition
10 March 2008Add to My Folder
Educational expert Sue Cowley talks about the five common problems regarding transitions and offers strategies to help you solve them
1 The ‘fidgety’ child
The ‘fidgety’ child has trouble concentrating. When the practitioner addresses the class or the individual, the child wriggles, chats or giggles.
- physical issues – poor diet, inadequate sleep
- lack of encouragement to sit and focus at home
- excessive use of television and computer games
- special needs such as ADHD.
Strategies for dealing with the problem:
- build concentration gradually, setting short, realistic targets and giving rewards when these are met;
- use regular focus exercises with the group, such as ‘Sleeping lions’ or ‘Frozen statues’
- talk with parents about how good diet and sleep patterns aid concentration
- encourage parents and children to make better choices about watching television.
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