Many unique learners need a (brain-refreshing) classroom break in order to refocus. The break can be performed in the classroom or outside of the classroom. Breaks can be determined by the student’s behavior or they can be pre-designated. If a child can attend to an activity at home or in the classroom for only 30-40 minutes before a meltdown, then set a pre-designated break roughly every 30 minutes.

In-class breaks can consist of activities that do not interrupt other students, such as desktop fidgets, doodling, or enjoyable exercises while seated. When outside of classroom breaks are necessary, the child should be taken to an environment where it is safe for them to move their body in a variety of ways, such as walking, running, jumping, rolling, and even utilizing a swing set. Although these activities seem very playful and are used as a reward for the general school population, unique learners require these very actions in order to reboot their brains and refocus on classroom material.

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