homeschooling wiggly kids

Homeschooling Tips For Wiggly Kids

This series is all about homeschooling a child with ADHD. Today, we are discussing our best tips for homeschooling a child who struggles with sitting still and is often “wiggly” throughout your learning. 


homeschooling wiggly kids


Is This ADHD Or Is My Child Just Fidgety?

When a child struggles to sit still, one of the questions parents ask is, “Do I need to get my child diagnosed?”

My advice is that it depends on why you are seeking an evaluation. If you’ve tried everything and you’re stuck, an evaluation might be helpful. A diagnosis can open up doors to therapies and support services that can be helpful for many families. 

However, if you are just getting started with this and you have other options and strategies to try, I encourage you to start there before seeking professional help. You are the best parent and teacher for your child. You will know more about what works and what doesn’t for your child. You may just need a few extra tips and strategies to help your child learn. That’s what today’s episode is all about.


homeschooling wiggly kids


Physical And Mental “Wiggles”

There are actually two different types of “fidgety.”

The first is physical. This is the child who won’t stop moving, always has something to fidget with in their hands, or hands upside down while reading a book.  The second is kids whose minds wont stop moving and this can actually interfere with learning  more than the physical movement.

In both instances, this can often look like kids who just don’t want to learn. The truth is, they are not lazy or unmotivated. They are often creative, sensitive, and intelligent – they simply don’t respond to the same approaches as neurotypical children. 


Simple Strategies For Helping Your Wiggly Learner

We go into much more detail about how to help your wiggly child in today’s episode. Some of these include:

  • Letting go of the public school mindset
  • Adding novelty
  • Collaborating with your child
  • Adding movement to the learning


homeschooling wiggly kids


Raising Lifelong Learners Episode 147: Homeschooling Tips For Wiggly Kids

In this episode, we kick off our new series all about homeschooling with ADHD. Today, our focus is on how to best help you homeschool a “wiggly kid.”  


Links And Resources From Today’s Show:

What Your ADHD Child Wishes You Knew: Working Together to Empower Kids for Success in School and LifeMindful Parenting for ADHD: A Guide to Cultivating Calm, Reducing Stress, and Helping Children Thrive (A New Harbinger Self-Help Workbook)Bright Not Broken: Gifted Kids, ADHD, and AutismYour Brain's Not Broken: Strategies for Navigating Your Emotions and Life with ADHDADHD: A Hunter in a Farmer's WorldWhat Your ADHD Child Wishes You Knew: Working Together to Empower Kids for Success in School and LifeRaising Creative Kids: A Collection of Simple Creativity Prompts for ChildrenWhy I Love Homeschooling Neurodiverse Kids: 25 Parents Share the Joys & Challenges of Educating Their Kids Who Have ADHD, Autism, Dyslexia, Giftedness, or Are Otherwise Differently WiredRaising Resilient Sons: A Boy Mom's Guide to Building a Strong, Confident, and Emotionally Intelligent Familypop it : fidget toy, poppet popop anti stress anxiety , push pop bubble popper autism special needs , adhd , pop up bubble popping squishy toys ASMR GameAxiba Jumbo Temperature Color Change Squishy Squeeze Toy for Stress Reduction for Boys & Girls | Great for Kids with Autism & ADHDInfinity Cube Fidget Toy, Fidget Cube Toy Stress and Anxiety Relief Mini Toy Relaxing Hand-Held for Adults, Killing Time Cool Fidget Block for ADD/ADHD/OCD (4 Pack)



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