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OT tips for teachers to help children practice proper posture


Posture is Critical to Learning and Attention. It turns out there is much more to sitting than we've ever imagined!

Maintaining good posture ensures your body is in good alignment and that stress on your muscles, joints and ligaments are distributed evenly across your body. Poor posture can cause increased strain on your body and could hinder learning at school.

Sitting

If children are expected to sit still and pay attention for long periods, then the furniture they sit in absolutely must fit! Things such as, the table height, chair height, backrests, writing board and the likes should be considered.

If your child's wheelchair cannot be lowered or raised, you adjust the table instead, to make sure that they are at the right height for tabletop activities easier for you to reach correctly.

Writing

When writing or doing table activities, using a slant board is helpful. Some students find the position of the slant board to be more comfortable and it provides support for weak hands and wrists.

Encourage frequent breaks

Unlike adults, children has short attention span thus they need to switch things up much more often. Remind them to switch up their positions every 10-15 minutes. 

Build lots of breaks for movement into the daily routine. Taking scheduled breaks helps children to self-regulate, gives them the physiologic benefits of movement and helps them avoid getting to the point of frustration.

If your student has a hard time sitting still, let them work while standing up, with their homework taped to the wall. Tape a coloring sheet on the underside of a coffee table so they can work laying on their backs, or adjust to whatever they could make them comfortable as long as it's safe for all.