I say she’s observant and creative.
She also talks a lot.
I say she’s social.
The psychologist says she has clinical ADD. Attention time for something not particularly interesting?
I help out in her class on Thursday mornings, reading with the kids or taking them to a quiet place to work on unfinished papers. Gracee usually runs to greet me. Yesterday she barely glanced up and went back to work.
She was “on the clock.”
What changed to keep her bum in chair?
1. She now wears a wrist coil. She can twist and pull on it when she feels the need to get up or just needs to think.
2. She has a stress ball to squeeze when she needs to sit still and listen.
3. She has a “special” seat facing the wall to help decrease classroom distractions when she needs to stay on task.
4. She uses a timer to help her complete her work in a timely manner.
I thought the timer would add more stress. Tick. Tick. Tick. But she loves it!
The teacher uses a behavior card system that runs from green to blue to yellow to orange to red to black. Increasing consequences are attached as the colors progress, from owing recess minutes to missing out on special activities to calling home. Gracee has hit black before–mostly for talking.
Yesterday, Thursday, I noticed her card was still green!
I’m thinking these techniques might help me keep my own writing bum in chair. Maybe I can even use my own card system during writing time.
Up to rummage for food? Blue.
Up to go out and check snail mail? Yellow.
Up to check out the latest cable news? Orange.
Up to replenish the chocolate dish? Red.
Short on the day’s word count? Black!
Maybe I need to set a timer, put a coil on my wrist, close the shade, and fill the candy dish with a stress ball.