Gym Class

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Registered: 04-06-2005
Gym Class
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Thu, 09-23-2010 - 7:33pm

DS is in preschool. He had difficulty in gym last year and although a slight improvement, this year as well. He gets over stimulated very easily and then gets upset/difficult when someone tries to correct/curb his behavior.

Do any parents have any strategies relating to gym? We are working with the local IU but it is slow going. Teacher tried to give him a special position of door holder and praise good behaviors but after 10 minutes he just starts to unravel.

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Registered: 03-25-2008
In reply to: bebemakes3
Thu, 09-23-2010 - 7:57pm

We tried to funnel our son's high energy into gym class when he was younger. It was a disaster. At one gym, they wanted to move him to a class with toddlers because he refused to listen to the teacher. What worked for us was just quitting gym until he was old enough to be treated for his ADHD. Once he was on medication and in behavioral therapy, all the difference in the world. He's now seven and advanced in Parkour gymnastics after just three sessions in the first level. Before that, he completed both levels of another gym class. He's focused, energetic in the normal range and really thriving. Watching him in gym class is a joy now, not full of worry. I'd consider holding off if it's just not going so well. It was a lot less stressful for all of us when we took a break when our son was preschool age.

Michelle

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Registered: 04-06-2005
In reply to: bebemakes3
Thu, 09-23-2010 - 9:05pm

Thank you...

Can you define "disaster"? When DS was 3 we enrolled him in a mini sports program. All he did was run around the gym. We would try to get him to do the tasks but he would get out of line or not sit still or not listen. At 4 we enrolled him in karate. This was hit or miss, but when it was a miss, it involved making noises, silliness, spinning, not listening, touching/bouncing off others (for input?), etc., etc.

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Registered: 03-25-2008
In reply to: bebemakes3
Thu, 09-23-2010 - 10:08pm

In our son's case, disaster = running across to the other side of the gym while the other kids do what the teacher says, going on equipment he wasn't supposed to climb on, refusing to do tasks he didn't want to, goofing off while doing the activities, picking up and throwing around equipment and then refusing to leave when it was time. Ugh. Those were stressful times!

Just bear with it now because I promise when you can get medical help, life will be so much better. :)

Michelle

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Registered: 09-21-2005
In reply to: bebemakes3
Tue, 09-28-2010 - 7:01am
When DS was 5 we signed him up for basketball at a local rec center....OMG it was a disaster each time...we lasted for about 5 times and then we quit...thankfully we got our $$$ back...but it was just too much for him.

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