How active seating can benefit children with autism or learning disabilities
Many children struggle to hold concentration for a variety of reasons while in a classroom. However, when a child has autism, ADHD or a sensory perception disorder it can be even more challenging. In traditional classrooms, the seating is rigid, static and restrictive. For children that may have learning disabilities, sitting still for hours can create a constant need for movement and fidgeting, thus making it tough for students to engage and focus on what they are learning.
So what can you do to support your children or students with these types of struggles so that they can engage and stay attentive in the classroom? We have some seating solutions that might just be the answer!
What is active seating?
Active seating, also known as dynamic seating, is a type of seating that naturally encourages a user to stay in motion by rocking or bouncing slightly. The term is based on the idea that it is unhealthy for the body to sit still for long periods of time, leading to things such as soreness, fatigue or a lack of focus. Fortunately, many schools are now changing their approach to classroom design and including active seating. This, in turn, encourages children to move freely and allows a fidgety student to focus on the lessons rather than the challenge of sitting still.
How movement and active seating helps children to focus
In its simplest term, movement turns on the brain and sitting still for long periods of time can hinder the ability of students to learn effectively. Children with learning disabilities find that when a task requires them to store and process information, they needed to move or rock, which in turn enables them to focus and concentrate. Because active seating is fidget friendly, it means children who move more frequently in the classroom are able to resist the impulse to fidget and get distracted. As active seating lets children move and adjust themselves in a non-disruptive way, they can also burn excess energy and get the stimulation they need to make them more attentive in class.
The Mogoo stool is a semi-sitting stool designed to promote dynamic and active seating. Designed to fit fun and interactive spaces such as classrooms, labs, studios and creative areas, Mogoo allows users to tilt and swivel in all directions with its rounded base and the optimal support surface.
“The Mogoo is holding up well so far, my mum bought one for my daughter who has Aspergers and it’s working well for her as well! I actually have 3 kiddies on the spectrum plus they all have ADHD. So we have gone through many chairs and stools and spent lots and lots of money, in the seating department, with breakages after breakages. I found this is a great stool for movers, and awesome for posture.” - Michelle Richards
YoYo brings movement and life to spaces and is a perfect addition for libraries, classrooms, study areas and social spaces. Lively, versatile and contemporary, YoYo is great for encouraging free thinking in brainstorming and creative sessions in the classroom. The tumbler base creates gentle movement, activating muscles to support active sitting and allows students an option to move freely without disruption in the classroom.
Named after its shape, the Lips is a rocking pouffe that assures a gentle motion that helps with concentration and focus. By activating muscles, it supports active sitting by requiring the minimum effort of the user to move. The energizing form supports free thinking in the classroom or meetings where brainstorming takes place.
Easy to move around and carry, Lips is lightweight with carefully considered dimensions to allow both adults and children to use. It complies with safety standards with its well-balanced structure and fire-resistant upholstery and filling materials.
Mata Secretarial Chair
This traditional height adjustable swivel chair is the perfect addition to any classroom with its comfortable and supportive shape, along with the swivel base to actively aid focus and attention in the classroom. The Mata’s thoughtfully designed lumbar and laterally curved back helps to maintain students posture for keyboard and screen-based activity. The Mata chair is an ideal first chair for younger users and students with learning and attention disabilities that need movement in order to help them focus throughout their lessons.
Be more ACTIVE
Active seating not only benefits children with learning disabilities and focus issues, but it also can be great for anyone wanting to maintain good health, blood flow and stay focused throughout the day.