Today let’s focus on children starting or going back to school in Hippo Hug Goes to School: Part Two.
Hippo Sits are great for children who are using weight or deep pressure therapy at home. They sit laps to help calm and focus them while they are in class. They work great for children who have a hard time concentrating for an extended period, or who have ADHD or anxiety. Hippo Sit Weighted Lap Pads have a removable cover with a pocket, making them easy to wash, and provide a space to fidget without being a classroom distraction. A Grade 4 classroom in Acadia School in Calgary recently used a Hippo Sit for the 2017/2018 school year and both the teacher and students reported it was a great calming tool and was often in demand for more than one student at a time. They wished they had more!
Chewelry is a great option for kids who have a constant need to have something in their mouth, or chew in high-stress situations. We have a variety of options including necklaces, bracelets, and even ones that go on the end of pencils and pens for those who can’t stop biting their writing utensils. Chewelry works well for kids that often have a cuff or neckline in their mouth as an anxiety calming measure. We have even seen success in their use by anxious nail biters. They don’t stand out as something out of the ordinary and come in great kid-friendly shapes and colours. A mom who recently purchased one shared that she has seen a significant decrease in the amount of ruined clothing that used to result from cuff chewing by her daughter.
Lastly, sequin bracelets are a fun, small fidget tool. They are small enough to bring to and from school and fit in pockets if they are too distracting in class. The sequin pillows are a great addition to a sensory or break corner of the classroom, offering a quiet way for kids to calm down and breathe as they flip the sequins. Our sequin pillows were our most popular item at teachers’ convention in Calgary this year!
Are you looking for something different to try in your classroom? Sensory products are becoming increasingly popular and Hippo Hug is your one-stop shop for your sensory product needs. Both our sequin bracelets and pillows are great to have in a quiet corner for kids to use once they are done their work to help keep them quiet while others are still working. And if you have the space toss a crash mat on the floor for a fully stocked calming area, students can take a break and return to your instruction renewed and ready to focus. These products also work well for that one student who can’t pay attention without fidgeting with something.
Hippo Sit weighted lap pads is a great option to have in class to provide deep pressure therapy to a student that is always moving or needs the calm it can provide. It is a neutral and easy way to add pressure without being intrusive to the learning environment. Because the students are not covering themselves completely you are able to add Hippo Sit Lap Pads to your classroom with less paperwork and the hassle of necessary approvals.
A weighted animal can also help provide that deep pressure that a student might need, whether it’s on their lap during class, in a quiet corner for after they finish work, or when a student needs a calming break. Weighted animals from Hippo Hug are another way to offer a deep pressure calming tool to your students without the worry of it looking like something that is going to do a job. Most kids love stuffies, so they will love these ones too without noticing the calming pressure.
Chewelry is more personalized but having a couple in your desk to give to students who are always chewing on the back of their pencils could be a helpful tool. They can be cleaned if needed between users and many parents are open to purchasing once they have noticed the success in its use.