Rocking Back and Forth

A student in a general education teacher'a class rocks back and forth. She states that once he starts rocking, he loses focus. Our OT gave him a seat cushion to try, but he does not want to use it. I would like other intervention strategies to present to him.

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Mar 08, 2017
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College Student
by: Anonymous

I have a college student who rocks back and forth. Sometimes he just smiles and mumbles something--as if he is having a conversation of his own. He mostly sleeps in class and wakes and asks "What page are we on?"

If we are in the middle of a worksheets, he drifts in and out of sleep, wakes and asks "What was the answer to 5?" I speak in a loud voice to wake him, and I am always repeating what page we are on in order rouse him.

I only have an ADA form for testing and assignments. I have no stated disorder, so I don't know how to keep him on track. The class is a Developmental English/Reading course combined. The students have two texts: one Reading, one Grammar. The students have 10 chapters in each text to complete. It is fast paced, so I am wondering if I am able to call home to see if his parents can address his sleeping in class.

Unlike high school, FERPA does not give us leeway to speak to parents unless certain documents are filled and filed.

Oct 10, 2011
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Might Help
by: Anonymous

Why not try a weighted lap pad/quilt or a weighted vest? They work wonders in my household. My 6 year old has been using one in class for about a month. He can now count to 5 and tell you his name. That is impressive since he has had 3 years of therapy at home and is in his third year of school. He went to SEPS (special education preschool), kindergarten, and now is in first grade.

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