One of the benefits of living in a construction zone is that there are always materials available when you need a bit of this and a bit of that to get something done. Like this morning when I was able to fashion a footstool out of a breeze block that was lying around. It's amazing what you can do with some laminated fabric, some batting and a hot glue gun.
Hopefully, this will help JW sit still in class. She's very wriggly and isn't getting her work finished so the teachers have been a little worried about it. We've had a reward chart going this term but those gold stars just aren't enough motivation so she's booked in for an evaluation with a children's occupational therapist. That's going to cost $385 plus $95 for a written report which makes me think that I took the wrong course of study at university. She's perfectly capable of sitting still at home so I suspect that the things her teachers are concerned about (I blame Google) aren't an issue and that it is just indicative of JW's self-assuredness. She rarely seeks out affirmation (which is a good thing) so finding ways to encourage her can be more difficult than with some of the other little duyvkens (e.g. J will do anything for a pat on the back) but when she makes up her mind about something she is very determined. Hopefully, seeing mum and dad called in for a meeting with her teachers will make her realise that now would be a good time to start sitting still :-) Thankfully, she is a bright little thing so she hasn't fallen behind in class.
There are lots of physio aids out there for wriggly kids but they all seem to cost a small fortune and until we've had the OT evaluation we won't really know what she needs. Making this little footstool as an interim measure seemed more sensible than spending $90 on one that she may not end up needing. I've got my fingers crossed that this helps her get into a more comfortable position on her chair and that her teachers see some improvement.