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I have a student who is unmedicated ADHD. I am trying to help him realize what he needs when he starts losing focus, gets fidgety, etc. and want to give him some choices for "brain breaks".

Here are some ideas I have, but am looking for more for when I have to switch it up or if these don't work. We are allowed snacks, gum, mints, and parents will bring in extra snacks for him. All have been approved at our school.

*gum/mint
*run an errand for teacher
*take a lap
*bounce ball around the square
*brain break wall (has 5 exercises kids can do)
*5 min. with play dough/putty
*snack break

Unique/outside the box ideas are welcome! TIA!


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I’d give him alternative seating options.

Do you have a desk that you can raise up so that he can move from his regular seat to a standing desk?

Use a clipboard and do his work lying on his stomach at the rug?

Sit and work while sitting in a beanbag chair?

Put a strip of Velcro inside his desk to rub to help focus.

Use a fidget such as a squeeze ball or even a piece of “fun tack.”

Use a privacy folder to make an “office” for him. He could even decorate some file folders and then you could laminate them.

Good luck- he’s lucky to have you!
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We do have/use alternative seating, standing, tables, desks, etc., yes. He typically will stand. He also has a weighted lap pad.

Some of those other ideas, I had not thought of! THANKS!

I have a few more "tricks" under my sleeve thanks to you!
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What about a watch with quiet alarm or a silent timer so he can train himself to do a self check? This worked for one of my students. His watch went off every 15 minutes and he would stop and think about himself. He would ask,himself “what am I feeling right now? Can I stay focused? Do I need a quick break?”

Eventually, we moved the timing to 30 minutes. After a few months, he didn’t need it anymore. He would just check in with himself. Not quite as regularly as with the watch, but way more than before.

And sometimes I would quietly remind him.
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Those are really good ideas. I will be sharing them at school. Thank you!

I was surprised when I googled "brain breaks for kids, pdf." There was much more available than I thought there would be.


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Thank you, 1956BD. You always share the best resources. I do great with whole group brain breaks. It's the individual ones that I struggle more with. This student needs individual ideas.

Thanks to all who responded!
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