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8/15/07 11:47 A

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CATHYG7, I never knew that. Thanks for the info. But

I also think breaks are a great thing. As I remember back in school (not too long ago), I had a hard time concentrating because we had to sit for about 45 min classes. The only breaks we got were walking between classes. If it's hard for a high schooler, imagine how hard it is for the younger kids. My 2 1/2 year old has a hard time sitting still more than 15-20 mins. even during her favorite shows.

And with some schools doing away with P.E. classes and after school activities, breaks would be a good way for the kids to get in a little exercise throughout the day.

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8/14/07 5:47 P

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Actually, taking breaks every 15 to 30 minutes is a very wise decision. Did you know that an adult can only attend for about 20 minutes before they are not taking in any more information? It is a fact.

Therefore, this choice to give breaks is working along with the way our bodies are meant to operate. It isn't the same as racing from one thing to another. It is kind of like regrouping or "getting the cobwebs out."

I know it sounds concerning, but really it is much better for your body and keeps the kids from being sedentary all day long.

Smart move on the schools part.


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8/14/07 10:44 A

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Glad to hear that. While injurys are common or typically small, they are never fun. My heart always stops when I am watching my kids fall or trip. Then they start crying...





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8/14/07 9:52 A

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I was't a serious ijury, just a small bump. I was with him at the time he went over (my ball is rather a large one) but just didn't reach him quick enough. He has a small bruise but it wasn't enough to make him cry.


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I think kids have the potentiallity to get hurt anywhere. They are kids. My daughter is better on the ball than I am actually.

I'm not certain if this is a trend but it is something that I never did as a child but some of you may find interesting, objectionable, or enviable.

My upcoming child's school schedual has her "readjusting" every 15 to 30 minutes (where they get up and stretch, change subjects, break for a snack, etc.) Personally, I see this as creating a child conditioned to have short attention spans as they are interupted every 15 mn (as the 30 minutes is the exception).

As I object to this, I'm still trying to figure out how to address this without ailinating myself from the teachers.



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8/14/07 9:04 A

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Bouncing around all day??
Actually there are "ball chairs" for kids that need the extra cushioning or can't sit still. It has worked great for kids that aren't able to sit still. It DOES keep them in their seat. Though a stability ball works great the ball chairs have a base so that the ball doesn't roll.

Also, even people in desk jobs get up several times a day for different tasks or just to "stretch their legs." So why are we expecting our kids to be "still" all day in school? This builds the restlessness in a child.

As for the little guy that bumped his head...my kids have played on these balls for years (my oldest is 18, youngest is 2) and we have never had an injury. They can't be left unattended as my kids can be very daring and the ones on the spectrum don't understand danger. I am sorry your little guy hit his head. I would suggest a physioroll or we call them peanut balls because that is how they are shaped. They are more stable and the kids usually straddle them and bounce or lay across the middle and roll until their hands or feet touch the ground without them falling sideways.
I hope that helps!
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Cathy
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8/14/07 7:06 A

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My 3yr old son rolled over the top of my stability ball and bumped his head on the floor. (the ball was too gig forr him though0 I'll have to try to get him a smaller one.

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8/14/07 1:23 A

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I don't want to sound naive, but wouldn't you have kids bouncing around all day?!
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8/12/07 10:46 P

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Yes! This is awesome!! I wish my school would do this! My 14 year old son has such a hard time sitting still. He has Aspergers Syndrome. My 5 1/2 year old son also has Aspergers and he never wants to sit! We use "stability" or Physioballs as we call them all the time in therapy and at home!!

My daughter has Sensory Processing Disorder and she loves her red PhysioROLL. You can straddle them and bounce. We did this several hours a day to get her "grounded" enough to be a part of our world.

Awesome topic!! Thanks!


Cathy
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8/12/07 10:34 P

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Interesting article about kids sitting on a stability ball in lieu of chairs in school. My daughter does this at home. I plan to show this article to her teachers this fall.

Not mentioned in the article are the obvious benefits to the children's posture / abs / back/ and pelvic region.

http://wcco.com/topstories/local_story_2
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