School-Based Intervention Idea from


Allow Discretionary Motor Breaks  (U.S. Department of Education, 2004)

When given brief 'movement' breaks, highly active students often show improvements in their behaviors.

Permit the student to leave his or her seat and quietly walk around the classroom whenever the student feels particularly fidgety. Or, if you judge that motor breaks within the classroom would be too distracting, consider giving the student a discretionary pass that allows him or her to leave the classroom briefly to get a drink of water or walk up and down the hall.


U.S. Department of Education (2004). Teaching children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder: Instructional strategies and practices. Retrieved August 20, 2005, from

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