Stability Balls as an Effective Tool in Classrooms Essay

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Dawn Del Rossi Action Research 1 of 20 " " Abstract! The purpose of this study is to determine if stability balls/yoga balls/exercise balls are an effective tool in assisting students with ADHD, autistic spectrum disorder, sensory issues and others who demonstrate difficulties in staying on task and seated during classroom instruction and independent learning times. Four, second grade classrooms were chosen in the same school, 2 of these classes used stability balls starting with the second nine week grading cycle and 2 used standard chairs, benches and mats providing a control group. Teachers were asked to use the first six weeks of school to identify children who were having difficulty staying in their seat and on task during classroom instruction and independent learning times. Once students were identified, a momentary time sampling (MTS) was used to get a baseline of behavior for the students. The MTS lasted 2 weeks, 3 times a week for 30 minutes per child identified. At the beginning of the second nine week cycle, 2 of the classes were given their stability balls to use. Students were taught how to use the stability balls to prevent injury and unsafe behavior but otherwise normal classroom procedures were maintained. After 4 weeks of use, another MTS cycle was begun, this one lasting 4 weeks, 3 times a week for 30 minutes per child identified. Based on previous research, students using stability balls dramatically increase their on task behavior and stay in their seats more frequently." " " " " Dawn Del Rossi Action Research Table of Contents! 2 of 20 " Abstract! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! " " " " ! " " " " ! ! " " " " ! " " " " ! ! " " " " ! " " " " page 1! page 3" " page 4" page 6" page 7" page 7! page 7" page 8" page 9" page 9" " " " ! Introduction!! " " " " " " " " " Problem statement" " Review of Literature"" Research Questions"

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