What if your student had to literally freeze during the rests? Making rests into a game in this way can capture student’s imagination and make them want to find the rests so they can play along.
Ask your student to play as normal, except that when she comes to a rest she must pause mid-air while you count it out.
Count the rests out loud using whatever method you prefer.
Ask her to repeat, this time counting the rests out loud herself.
The third time, tell her to count the rests in her head during her Freezeframes.
She can practice at home using these second two steps: the first time counting out loud, the second time in her head. Write these steps somewhere prominent so she’ll remember how to do the Freezeframes at home.
Repeat at subsequent lessons and for different pieces as necessary.
Restlessness: Take Action
Be inventive with these actions and they can be a ton of fun! Plus giving your student something to do during the rests will stop her from feeling like she is just “waiting” to continue.
Design actions that match the counting she will do during the rests. For example:
A clap for all crotchet (quarter) rests
A nod for quaver (eighth) rests
Tapping: head-lap-shoulders-lap for a four beat rest
Practice with these actions and use drawings (stick figures are fine!) to remind her how to do them at home.
When she’s ready you can transition to merely imagining these actions instead of actually doing them. Unless you want some interesting performances!