Using a Standing Desk with a Swinging Footrest and Visual Scales to Support a Student with Autism in the Classroom. This case study explains how one student benefited from using the standing position in kindergarten. It improved his on-task time in the classroom. The study gives a lot of related scientific background information on exercise to justify trialing this intervention with students with autism or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Further explanations of therapy testing, therapeutic techniques, and exercises are described for one student and for a small PT group. A few scales are enclosed that might be helpful for parents and teachers to reinforce work completion, as well as scales that may help your student or child understand physical exertion (effort) when exercising.
I am sharing this publicly in a grass roots manner at this time (rather than re-editing) and attempt to formally publish in order to expedite access to any discipline, teachers and parents alike; perhaps this information could be of immediate help to your students out there who are struggling to sit still and listen in classrooms around the globe. I also hope to see the cycling attachment to school desks become a reality. Or perhaps a rolling footrest while seated. Please let your student stand! Take some data to see if it assists him/her.
I hope something in here spurs your creativity trial new interventions with your challenging students and children. May this paper also give you some food for thought to re-share your new ideas with us.
A pediatric PT colleague states that she especially "appreciated the behavior modification part as it relates to health - involving the students in learning; making goals for them as self-directed learners; and using cognitive approaches to improve their performance on self-chosen goals. In this case report, the information is bridged into PT practice with a young child. " Information may be appropriate for PT, OT, KG teachers, spec. ed directors and teachers, physiatrists, physical educators, physicians, researchers, etc. The data collection portions are kept very brief and basic. Thank you!