This research study was done to evaluate the effectiveness of alternative seating for a student with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder when completing a given task. The aim of this study was to note the difference in task completion duration when given the alternative form of seating. Research was done through observation and data collection over a four-week timeframe at a public school in Olympia Fields, Illinois. This elementary school serves a population of both general education students and special education students. The study looks at a special education kindergarten student who is placed in the general education setting for a majority of his school day. During the study, data was collected in the special education room during the students’ resource minutes in the morning half of the school day. The aim of the study was to observe the effects of the use of a standard classroom chair to the use of a Kids Stay-N-Play Ball when performing task completion. Data from the five-week period was analyzed as well as interviews with the staff and student, and field notes from the researcher. This study found that the implementation of a yoga ball as alternative seating with a student diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder was beneficial during academic instruction. There was both a decrease in task completion duration and a decrease in maladaptive behaviors for the student being directly observed. Based on the data collection, observations, and interviews, the use of alternative seating showed an increase in time-on-task as well.
|School:||Trinity Christian College|
|School Location:||United States -- Illinois|
|Source:||MAI 57/06M(E), Masters Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Special education, Behavioral Sciences|
|Keywords:||Adhd, Alternative seating, Duration|
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