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Please Don’t Take Away My Recess-A Poem About ADHD

In ADHD, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Behavior Strategies, Counselors, Education and Behavior Poems, Educators, Parents by Rachel Wise

I got in trouble in school today. They took away my recess. They said it was because I couldn’t sit still, but I was feeling so restless.

I couldn’t control my body. I wish they’d give me breaks to move. It’s so much easier to concentrate when I’m not forced to sit for an hour or two.

Sometimes directions come on so fast, I can’t keep them all straight. Giving them one step at a time or writing them down would be great.

It’s hard for my mind to focus on 30 questions in a row. Break my work into smaller parts and watch the answers flow.

Check on how I’m doing after I complete the first ten. While you’re looking at my work can I get up, stretch, or play with my pen?

My mom told me you’re disappointed with my messy space. All my belongings overwhelm me. Teach me how to keep them in their proper place.

You yelled at me for calling out and I felt embarrassed in front of my friends.

Sometimes my mouth goes faster than my mind. Kindly remind me to raise my hand.

Please know that these things don’t define me. Let me know when I make you proud.

If you just take the time to notice, you’ll see a bright star, instead of a cloud.

So the next time that I have trouble following your rules and routines, please don’t take away my recess. Burning energy improves my focus and self-esteem.

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Additional Info: If a child has trouble sitting still, focusing, or remaining seated, and as a result is having trouble completing their school work, taking away recess will make the situation worse, not better. Many of our kids who have the most difficulty, need and greatly benefit from the fresh air, exercise, and social interaction that comes with recess. It is not something to be removed because a child cannot easily and readily follow an inauthentic school routine. So many schools (thousands) use recess as a punishment to force children to cooperate, and it is often an unsuccessful venture.

This applies to all kids. Not only those with symptoms of ADHD.

Additionally, research shows that strategies like detention, suspension, and taking away recess, fail for children who repeatedly struggle to follow the school routine and actually make the situation worse for those children.

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