Using Bilateral Exercises to Increase On-Task Behaviors

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The following is from the website www.move-with-me.com :

Bilateral Exercises to Decrease Off-Task Behaviors in Special-Needs Preschoolers    

By Dr. Jennifer Dustow, PHD
In 2005 Jennifer Dustow conducted her doctorial thesis on specific intentional movement in a special needs pre-school classroom.  Nine special-needs students attending a public elementary school participated and all showed a significant decrease in off-task behaviors on the days 5 minutes of bilateral exercises were conducted vs the days they were not.
The study was repeated with 20 public preschool classrooms in March/April of 2007.  A total of 88 students participated;  all diagnosed in the Autism Spectrum.  Off task behaviors include: aggression; eloping; flopping; inappropriate talking; non-focus; and noncompliance.  A strong statistical significance in the decrease of off task behaviors was found for all six hypotheses with 5 minutes of bilateral Brain Gym exercises.

Please visit the website www.move-with-me.com to read the full article and to find activities to use with your preschoolers who may need some help to stay on task throughout the school day.  I am a big fan of Brain Gym activities.  How great that just 5 minutes a day can make such a difference!

Let me know if you tried any of the activities and how they worked!

Miss Debi

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3 Responses to Using Bilateral Exercises to Increase On-Task Behaviors

  1. Cynthia! says:

    Wow Deb, that is directly related to my thesis subject, good job getting the news out there!

  2. Peggy P says:

    As a PT, I appreciate this reminder of getting kids focused first before embarking on a therapy session. Not only are the activities therapeutic, they also carry over to the needs of the classroom. great Ideas!

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