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How would you deal with this situation - Any teachers?

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user4564376534875487 Thu 21-Mar-19 22:28:45

Reception age child doesn't focus during carpet time, has been moved around to different places but still distracted/bored/unfocused. How would you deal with this situation please?

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FlibbertyGiblets Thu 21-Mar-19 22:30:01

Are you the teacher? Parent?

Karwomannghia Thu 21-Mar-19 22:30:50

Can he or she have a little collection of toys they can play with quietly while the others are on the carpet?

Dermymc Thu 21-Mar-19 22:32:00

OP you just posted this and got it deleted.

user4564376534875487 Thu 21-Mar-19 22:37:04

Thanks Karwonmannghia, I have received a pm which suggests something similar. I do not wish to give specifics as a previous post was a bit too identifying. Happy to hear from you if you are a teacher that has dealt with this situation or a parent whose dc has struggled likewise.

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LyndaLaHughes Thu 21-Mar-19 22:43:24

I'd start with something to fiddle with- even something as simple as some blue tack works wonders!

user4564376534875487 Thu 21-Mar-19 22:45:13

Thanks Lynda, I think I will suggest this.

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GreenTulips Thu 21-Mar-19 22:45:36

Depends on the child
Immaturity
Tiredness
Possible dyslexia or otherwise reprocessing disorder

user4564376534875487 Thu 21-Mar-19 22:48:08

Thanks GreenTulips, how do you think this situation should be approached if any one of these things were an issue? How could the child not be singled out i.e how could it not be made blindingly obvious. There may be a need for an assessment further on down the line but if it is just a developmental delay, how would this be best dealt with in the interim?

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Yumyumbananas Thu 21-Mar-19 22:49:29

The teacher needs to put strategies in place that limit the disruption to the learning of the other children as well as your child.

user4564376534875487 Thu 21-Mar-19 22:50:30

Yes agree Yum, what might these strategies be?

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Yumyumbananas Thu 21-Mar-19 23:00:09

Whatever reasonable measures are required to keep good order in the class. Carpet time in a reception class is generally quite short anyway so the learning time has to be maximised. I would use the TA to sit close to the child on the carpet for support. If that didn’t work I would seat the child away from the carpet with the TA (perhaps at a table beside the carpet). Fiddle toys can be tried but in my experience these end up as part of the problem for most (but not all) fidgety children).

CarolDanvers Thu 21-Mar-19 23:00:17

As a parent I would hope you'd be observing and considering additional needs. Sounds like my ds who turned out to have autism, dyspraxia, hyper mobility and sensory processing disorder.

missmapp Thu 21-Mar-19 23:02:41

Agree with box of things .
Also use 'now' and then "strategy.
Simple card split in half with pictures showing what the child has to do now ( sit on carpet) and what will happen then (small reward). You can then build up to other targets

FlibbertyGiblets Thu 21-Mar-19 23:03:27

Still can't work out if you are teacher or parent.

Eye test and hearing test to rule out.
Would a fiddle toy help. Ditto a wobble cushion.

Threeminis Thu 21-Mar-19 23:03:28

Sorry to ask but I'm on Scotland - what is reception age? 4?

Could it be that the child just isn't ready for circle/carpet time?
I have almost 17 years experience in early years and some 4yo just aren't there yet, or maybe they're being expected to 'sit' for too long?

user4564376534875487 Thu 21-Mar-19 23:07:37

Thank you for all of your suggestions/comments. I haven't heard of a wobble cushion before?

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user4564376534875487 Thu 21-Mar-19 23:08:40

Carol, additional needs are being considered. Difficult due to age (5), I think.

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AllTeaAllShade Thu 21-Mar-19 23:14:59

wiggle cushion

tastylancs Thu 21-Mar-19 23:23:08

My son couldn't sit still in reception, he was young to start school and just not ready to stay put. Also got very tired in the afternoons. He and a couple of others were given spot mats to sit on in assembly. The spot helped him understand that is where he should try and stay.

pickingdaisies Thu 21-Mar-19 23:37:18

Try to make carpet time shorter. Recommended time for reception age is always less than we'd think.
Find reasons to send child off to do related task, with TA, and maybe another child. Maybe make them a something or other monitor. Or stop everyone for a two minute brain gym, or a song, anything to allow child(ren) to stop and reboot, and can then maybe concentrate for another few minutes.

GreenTulips Fri 22-Mar-19 00:05:54

Wobble cushions are good
Jel fiddle packs - looks like an ice pack
First then next is good
If truey a fidget look up the heavy jackets or neck bags they weigh the child down on the shoulders - these are actually brilliant at calming children
Give them tasks

HexagonalBattenburg Fri 22-Mar-19 00:09:40

Check they are actually not listening and not like my daughter used to be at that age where she looked unfocused but absolutely all the lesson input actually went in!

Wobble cushion worked wonders for us, as did a weighted lap pad - since had a dyspraxia and sensory processing issues diagnosis.

ThatsWotSheSaid Fri 22-Mar-19 00:10:13

Small chair or bean bag if it doesn’t seem like a punishment or single him out.
Is he doing any harm by fidgeting?

user4564376534875487 Fri 22-Mar-19 07:41:52

Thanks That's and everyone. One question, would placing the child on a small chair or bean bag look as if the child is being singled out in a negative way?

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