The idea of giving children stools that wobble or chairs that rock seems counterintuitive to the desire for them to sit still and concentrate in class. Yet, that is exactly what happens when provided with flexible seating.
The comfort of their physical environment frees up their brain to concentrate rather than being distracted by trying to get comfortable.
There is a wide range of options that enables schools to implement a seating option that best suits them. Some schools introduce flexible seating based on a needs basis while others have numerous flexible seating options available to the entire class.
We remain huge advocates of oodles of outdoor play and sensory breaks but for class time, flexible seating helps create a student-centered classroom to support alert and focused young minds to remain on-task.
Written by: Bron Lucey. Mother to 3 children who share her love of the finer things in life like mud, the outdoors and general mess. Occupational therapist in her spare time.