With some families selecting virtual (on-line) learning this school year, it is important to consider good posture and a good home set up to help maximize learning.
Helpful checklist to sit at a desk or table during learning:
- Feet flat on the floor
- Elbows at table height when sitting
- Back straight
- Supplies in reach
There are also many other positions that give a variety to learning:
- Stand with paper taped to a wall
- Lie on his/her stomach with a clipboard
- Kneel at a shorter table
- Stand at a higher work surface
Other things to consider:
- Limit background noise (turn off TV or radio)
- Good lighting
- Healthy snack
- Water to stay hydrated
- Create a routine or schedule
Add in outdoor activity time:
- Scavenger hunt to find flowers, stones, branches, leaves, etc.
- Bike riding
- Sidewalk chalk
- Playing tag
- Helping with outdoor yardwork
Balance sitting and moving. Be sure to get up and move after sitting for a period of time.
Submitted by Kristen Jackson, MOT, OTR/L
Kristen began working at NCH in the Rehabilitation Services Department in February 2007. She earned her Master of Occupational Therapy degree in January 2007 from Quinnipiac University in Hamden, CT. Kristen provides services to clients of all ages from infant to elderly. She is a member of the American Occupational Therapy Association, and the Vermont Occupational Therapy Association (VOTA).