Taking Away Recess as Punishment

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ISSN: 1538-320
February 19, 2019

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The research is clear. Children need recess!

Experts oppose withholding physical activity as a form of punishment or behavior management.

The use of withdrawal from physical activity as a disciplinary consequence is inappropriate.

The American Academy of Pediatrics believes that recess is a crucial and necessary component of a child’s development.

Recess should not be withheld for punitive or academic reasons.

In this issue of the Special Ed Advocate you'll learn the benefits of recess during the school day and the problems it may cause if the school withholds recess for your child. Read the research and find out if your state law requires or recommends daily recess.

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The Crucial Role of Recess in School

Students who are kept in at recess lose:

  • Brain power
  • Connection with peers
  • Relationship with teachers
  • Opportunities to learn a different behavior

Recess offers cognitive, social, emotional, and physical benefits. - AAP


Why Recess Matters

Keeping an ADHD child in from recess is a type of torture for the ADHD child.

What can you do to stop this?

If your child’s school is withholding recess, provide the team with copies of the research to start a discussion of creative and effective solutions.


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Play Deprivation and Behavior Problems

The research is clear!

Children need recess, the benefits of which range across developmental domains. If we want children to achieve optimal intellectual, social/emotional, and physical success, they should not be denied recess. Find out why.

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