When I am working with a little one….and I feel as if they are having difficulty in focusing, dealing with their frustration level, attending, transitioning, being flexible (not physically…being flexible in the task at hand), adapting to a new situation and in their overall ability to complete a presented task…….I incorporate a motor movement to help them to re-focus.
I was working with a little one the other day…and she was very frustrated because ONE she has difficulty in understanding and processing language….and TWO she has a hard time being flexible and adapting to a presented task that she does not want to engage in. Maybe because it is too challenging…maybe she does not want to make the attempt to focus…and maybe she just is not understanding that she has to “listen to understand”……so to help her re-focus……I give her an airplane ride on my legs….swinging her back and forth…incorporating language with the physical activity. She was thrilled…smiling….making eye contact….laughing….asking for more. Then we sat down on the floor and completed the original activity….and she was able to complete with minimal re-direction. So thrilled for her!
Sometimes I use a big Yoga ball to bounce kids on….a small trampoline (the safe indoor kind with a handle)…. sometimes I wrap them up in a blanket (parent assistance and approval from child and mom)….wrap them up like a hot dog…and give her a big squeeze. I try to incorporate any motor movement to help her to re-focus….it’s fun and I have had great success using this strategy….