Kindergarten Relaxation (Yoga): Does It Help Control Off-Task Behaviors?
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The purpose of this research was to examine the effects of a yoga program on three kindergarten-aged boys who exhibit some of the characteristics of, but have not been diagnosed with, ADD/ ADHD. The data for this study was collected using a mixed methods approach that was both quantitative and qualitative in nature. Anecdotal notes were recorded to describe any environmental or routine changes that may have impacted behaviors. A single-subject A-B-A design was employed to document the change in behavior with and without the yoga program intervention. A daily observation sheet was created for the purpose of collecting the number of incidents of exhibited off-task behaviors in the students who participated in the research. Each student observed for the purpose of the study had three different offtask behaviors that they were primarily observed and documented on. The participants were chosen based on the following criteria: unnecessary talking, talking without permission, and making distracting noises; unable to focus on teacher or assignments, and inappropriate and distracting movement. Results indicated that the observed behaviors decreased depending on what modification was made to their environment/routine. It was concluded that an implementation of a daily yoga stretching program appears to decrease the unwanted off-task behaviors.
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