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10 ways to support students with hyperactivity and attention needs in class.

April 18, 2018 By Shelley - Lime Tree Kids Lime Tree Mumma Blog & Special Needs comments
10 ways to support students with hyperactivity and attention needs in class.

10 ways to support students with hyperactivity and attention needs in class. 

I have a fair amount of experience in finding useful ideas and products to help use up all that excess energy in class. 

Some kids just NEED to move in order to concentrate. Sounds stupid right?  I’m not just talking about kids diagnosed with ASD, ADHD or any medically diagnosed disorder either.  Kids with sensory issues, hyper-vigilant children, anxious children all benefit from using fidget tools.

My philosophy is that the things we do for kids with learning difficulties / disorders and special needs are usually just best practice for typically developing kids.

Physical activity, like rolling on the classroom floor during mat time, chewing gum, chewing pencils etc area all ways that kids find to naturally self soothe and or stimulate themselves into being able to boost cognitive performance. They can also unfortunately annoy and distract the rest of the class.    What we want though is kids to recognise and be able to support these movements in a less distracting way so teachers and students can get on with the day without the outbursts or huge energy surges some kids provide. 

When my son was small (I mean like 2) he had SO much energy I couldn’t keep up. He woke up and was on the go, but not actually achieving anything he started because he had moved on to the next.  At an older age when you expect children to be able to sit at the table and eat their dinner he couldn’t do this, he just couldn’t stay sitting in his chair.  There were so many other circumstances, but this isn’t about just Sam – this is about the other thousands of kids that can benefit from a few simple tools. 

When children are jumping up and down , jumping on chairs , diving under tables , or even just unable to sit without distracting someone on the mat at floor time  it’s usually when the task at hand is demanding , boring to them or something they just do not grasp the subject being taught .  They must move in order to boost their attention or to perk up and not fall asleep.  

Researchers say that children with ADHD or who generally can not concentrate and stay still are unable to modulate their arousal systems efficiently, and movement helps them compensate for that deficit.  Sometimes they are over aroused by irrelevant information

(And what DON’T kids find irrelevant information cause they know EVERYTHING – am I right??)  And other times they are under aroused (aka BOOOOOORRRRED).. 

About 11 percent of all children between the ages of 4 and 17 have ADHD, making it difficult for them to pay attention and control impulsive behavior, according to the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention.  With a few simple tweaks and tools though these kids can go on to enjoy school and learn.  PLUS stop driving the teachers and other kid crazy !! 

The top 10 strategies or products I have learned through research and trial and era for use in the classroom or kindy are listed below. Remember these can be used on children with a diagnosis or any child that may benefit.. You’ll know if it may be your child that could benefit or not !! 

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Raising a Highly Sensitive Child

April 4, 2018 By Shelley - Lime Tree Kids Mumma Lime Tree Mumma Blog & Special Needs comments



My little girl is what would be classed by many as a highly sensitive child .. And that’s ok..  it’s who she is I’m learning. 
A Highly sensitive child is one of the 15 to 20% of children born with a nervous system that is constantly on high alert, making her quick to react to everything around her.  The smallest of changes, conscientious behaviour and quickness to grasp subtle changes are features.  Highly sensitive children are also easily (and I mean easily) overwhelmed by high levels of stimulation, any sudden change and also the emotional distress of those surrounding them. They move and flow with the vibe in the room and are affected deeply by it.

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Helping kids with inclusion and diversity

January 31, 2018 By Shelley Mason Baby, Children, Lime Tree Mumma Blog, Play & Special Needs comments
Helping kids with inclusion and diversity

Diversity and inclusion in the home, school and even toy box are so important.  All kids want to see themselves reflected in the environment and toys that they play with. Childhood really should be an inclusive place where everyone belongs. 

Being different from most others doesn’t need to be a dis - ability but rather a diff - ability and I’m happy to finally see the toy industry and other companies starting to embrace change and positively represent the 150 plus million kids with disability and difference world wide....

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The journey of Sam

April 4, 2013 By Lime Tree Kids Lime Tree Mumma Blog & Special Needs comments
My gorgeous boy just turned 6! I can’t believe that we have come so far in such a short time. He is funny and quirky and high energy and cheeky all rolled into one. But it wasn’t always this way.

You see my son has been diagnosed with Autism , more correctly high functioning Asperger’s with severe ADHD . This is only the latest diagnosis there have been many over his short 6 year life. It’s called the “closest working diagnosis” which means he really can’t be fit into a pigeon hole because of his background and traumatic start to life.

It all began when we picked up Sammy from the nursery in Taiwan where we adopted him. The nursery run by Christian Salvation Service is a high quality excellent facility that is run by caring loving volunteers and nursing staff.
Sammy had a rough start which is his personal story so I won’t go into it but let’s just say he had so many things against he almost died a few times in the first few weeks, he was tube fed for a LONG time and this has resulted in some interesting and perplexing complications for him.
He is a battler though and when we picked him up at 9 months old he weighed about the same as a 3 month old, was extremely unwell and very disconnected from people. All of this was a big surprise to us.  

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Brushing Teeth Chart

August 20, 2012 By Lime Tree Kids Special Needs comments
My son likes the feeling of ticking a box or accomplishing a task and seeing an instant reward.

For him we pretty much do routine charts for everything. We have one for washing hands, one for brushing teeth , one for morning and after school and evening routines. We have one for behaviour and one we use sometimes for regulatin...
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