School physical therapists invent standing desk

Working with students with special needs in Barrington’s District 220, physical therapists Kathy Spinabella and Robin Singer knew that many struggled to sit still during class.

The two women quickly realized the profound impact that simply letting kids stand and release some of their extra energy had on their learning. Thus they launched Classroom Seating Solutions and created The Standing Desk Conversion Kit and The FootFidget Foot Rest.

The compact, adjustable-height standing desk with foot fidget allows ADHD and hyperactive kids with extra energy to stretch their legs and fidget with their feet while they work quietly.

“It is so powerful to watch the transformation of students who really want to learn, but who just couldn’t focus confined to sitting in a desk,” Singer says. “Suddenly they are focused and so happy learning.”

Spinabella says the standing desk has the potential to become a fixture in classrooms.

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