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!