Do you have a child who struggles to pay attention
Have you ever heard of a standing desk? There were days I felt like I had two of the wiggliest boys on earth. As they got older they got wigglier! A couple years ago I almost threw in the towel and gave up homeschooling. I was sick of hearing myself telling my boys to sit still. Often I would ask them, “How do you fall back in your chair so much? You are supposed to sit on it!”
My son Joshua would constantly drum on the table. I could only imagine I sounded like a broken record asking him to stop. Our school days were constantly being disrupted by the wiggling, falling, drumming, and meltdowns. I kept thinking there must be a better way.
One day I had had enough and began praying about our school days. I felt led to look for a strategy! I started researching online and found an article about schools using odd shaped desks and chairs. There were a lot of options out there. There are standing desks, hover-board desks, and bicycling desks. There were chairs made out of a ball, there were adjustable chairs, and boards you kneel down on at your desk. I couldn’t believe the options.
I decided to take my chances on a multi-dimensional standing desk . I figure if it did not work, I could convert it back to a “normal” desk. I picked a very expensive ($250-$400) standing desk made by Safeco.
Yes, it was very expensive, but if solved my homeschooling problems it would be worth every penny.
Standing Desks and Swivel Chairs
We bought two standing desks with the foot swivel bar for my sons. We also chose to buy each an adjustable swivel chair. Now both my sons have the option to stand or sit. They also had the option to kick their foot on a swinging bar under the desk. They can keep their desk cleaner too by putting their books and paperwork in the desk cubby.
It was an interesting experiment. I sold anything I could to come up with enough money to buy the desks and the chairs. The result was surprising. Matthew stands most of our school day. He likes to have his chair as high as it goes and if he does sit in his chair he is high enough he towers over his desk. Matthew also has Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and used to have multiple meltdowns a week during school. He just could not concentrate. Now with the standing desk, he has about one meltdown a month in school. He doesn’t have to wiggle anymore because he gets to choose the position he likes. He has gotten more independent this year too.
Joshua, on the other hand, loves to sit. He was my child who fell back constantly in his old chair. Joshua likes his chair as far down as possible and he swings his foot the whole school time! He swings his right foot for hours. Interesting enough, swinging his foot has stopped him from drumming on his desk.
They both love their desks so much. It has changed our school year in so many ways.
1) I do not feel like a broken record
2) Matthew and Joshua both concentrate better
3) No more drumming
4) Since the boys can concentrate better, we have gotten so much more school done this year. We are on our second math, science, and spelling book.
5) Fewer meltdowns
6) Much happier children
It is truly amazing the transformation our school day went through. If you have an extra wiggly child or a special needs child, I highly recommend trying a standing desk. It could transform your school day!
**Disclaimer – This post is based on my opinion. The standing desk may not work the same on your child.
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Hi my name is Laurie. I am so glad you are here! I am a Christian homeschooling mom of 3, caregiver to my Veteran husband, mom to a son with Autism, community volunteer, travel loving, and blogger. As you might notice, I do not live the “expected life”. Come join my family and other families as we experience Living The Unexpected Life.