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Restlessness (Physical) (1A)

Physical restlessness is a frequent and compelling need to move or be active.
Students with physical restlessness may have difficulty sitting still in class, and may need to constantly move their hands, legs, or feet. Physical restlessness can occur both as a symptom of a medical condition or as a side effect of medication. It can be a symptom of AD/HD, traumatic brain injury, anxiety, sleep disorders, or conditions with significant pain.

Formal Diagnostics

  • Diagnostic information that includes a doctor's diagnosis indicating that a student experiences restlessness as a symptom of their disability.

Intake Questions

  • Do you have difficulty sitting still for more than a short time?
  • Does the need to get up and move around cause you to miss things that you were trying to pay attention to?
  • What accommodations or strategies have been effective in the past?


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