Desk Kick Bands: Classroom Tools for Autism, ADHD, and Sensory Issues
Desk kick bands are similar to Wobble Cushions in that they let kids get out their wiggles while sitting in class. These types of tools are life savers for sensory seeking kids or kids with ADHD. As I mentioned in my post about doodling, the brain often performs better when it can be engaged in a mindless physical task such as doodling, wiggling, fidgeting, or foot bouncing. This makes desk kick bands beneficial to any child, not just our sensory seekers or kids with ADHD.
The Good: Desk Kick Bands
Helping your child sit through a day of school for less than $15 is hard to beat. In the spirit of Occupational Therapy, this is a very simple product that has the potential for big impacts. If you have a wiggly student that struggles to sit still and pay attention, desk kick bands could be of big help in providing sensory input to your child without disrupting the class.
I chose the brand pictured in this review due to the material used and the ease of setup. While still a great product, parents have complained that the style of the other bands that are made of rubber and slip onto the feet of the desk can be noisy and hard to install. This green band that I chose has easy to install straps that wrap around the desk legs and can be adjusted to varying sizes. While the band is still rubber, it is smaller in this product and less prone to causing noise. In the grand scheme of things, these are small differences, so it is worth checking out both styles of product and see which one you prefer.
The Bad: Desk Kick Bands
Given that this is such a simple product, there are few negative things I can say about it. The biggest downside I can see with this product is a lack of consistency in its use if your child’s teacher likes for the kids to switch desks and sit in various spots around the classroom. Similar to all sensory products, be aware that no one product will be the life changing answer to all of your child’s sensory issues. This product will work well for some kids, but not for others. Also, as with everything that you introduce into the classroom, be sure to check with your child’s teacher prior to implementing any desk kick bands into the routine.