course, I've not been inside our nephew's brain,
but judging from his actions, his brain must be
going 100 miles an hour, nonstop. It is not
possible to focus on chores or problem-solving
when one's brain is racing in that manner.
sitting helps children find self-control and
patience. In order to accomplish tasks and
function properly, children need to learn to
quiet themselves emotionally and physically.
your child has problems staying dry, you should
use a rubber-backed rug which he can clean when
a spot where your child will be doing his strong
sitting. It should be safe and comfortable for
him and free from distractions. I pick a spot
that is in my view so that I can monitor his
sitting while doing something else, usually he
strong sits just inside the door to his bedroom,
which is directly across from the door to my
office. I use my computer while he sits, and
glance over at him every minute or so.
sits with his legs folded Indian-style, his head
still and straight ahead, and his back straight.
His hands can be on the floor, on his thighs, or
in his lap.
distracting noise or pets. In the beginning,
strong sitting seems to be extremely difficult
for these children, and they are easily
distracted. Over time, add a noise or activity,
so that he can get stronger and can focus
Thomas suggests starting children with 3-5
minutes and working up to 1 minute per year of
age. (If the child is 8, he should sit for 8
minutes; if he is 10, he should sit for 10
minutes.) If the child has ADD or ADHD, have
them sit for 2 minutes per year of age. (If the
child has an attention disorder and is 8, he
should sit for 16 minutes; if he is 20, he
should sit for 10 minutes.) Children should not
sit for more than 20 minutes.