Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Kaden and the Wiggle Seat

Kaden is in kindergarten.  His birthday is only a few days before the cutoff.  Kaden is a boy.

Therefore, it is not too surprising that Kaden is having difficulty sitting still in class.  He's a very young kindergartner and he has a first year teacher.  His teacher is not young; she has a few children of her own.  However, she doesn't yet have a lot of experience in a kindergarten classroom.  It's been pretty challenging, and on the advice of friends with more experience than the teacher and I have, we're going to try out the Wiggle Seat.

From Google's first search result link:
If your child is full of energy and fidgets and wiggles, sitting in a desk chair for prolonged periods of time may be a particular challenge. Kids who have trouble sitting still may wobble their desks, rock their chairs, spring out of their seats, or otherwise do things to annoy the teacher without even realizing they're doing it. How to keep your child comfy on that unforgiving wooden slab? Here are five quick solutions to talk over with your child's teacher and try for everybody's relief.
Solution number one is a cushion generally called a Wiggle Seat.

Anyone who has been around Kaden more than a day or two knows his favorite color is yellow.  So, I Amazon-ed us a yellow wiggle cushion.  He'll bring it with him to class after thanksgiving break is over, but I figured we'd try it out at home during mealtime in the interim.

I'll keep ya posted.


  1. Mason might benefit for something like this too! I can't wait to see if it helps Kaden. SOMETHING has to help the wiggles! LOL

  2. Hi! My name is Claudia and I have a five years old son which started kindergarten in August. One month in to it, the teacher recommended for him to have this wiggle seat. He started kindergarten 2 weeks after his fifth birthday and I considered to be to young for it but to his preschool teacher recommendation I enrolled him. It is a full day, every day, kindergarten and he has hard time staying still when he has to. In my online research regarding this issue I came across your blog and I hope you would mind to tell me if you saw improvements after your son started to used this wiggle seat or any other information you may want to share with me regarding this.

    Sincerely, Claudia

  3. The seat only worked for a couple of weeks until it became a toy for him. We tried a weighted vest next (the teacher borrowed it from a coworker). The vest worked for a month or so, at which point she says he didn't need it any more. He's now in first grade and started the year out pretty wiggly. About six weeks into the school year, he got back into the routine of school. He still needs more reminders than most to sit still and keep his hands to himself.

    I wish I had a *TRY THIS IT TOTALLY WORKED* answer for you... But I really don't. I think time and maturity is really the solution, along with a lot of patience from the teacher.

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    2. The teacher will star this wiggle seat on Monday, will see how that goes. Thank you so much for your response. Claudia