Who says fidgeting is bad? For many kids with autism, sensory disorders, listening challenges or other special needs fiddling with a toy can help them keep calm, focused and attentive. Koosh balls are cool for wee ones, but how about teens?
Find a few fixations in our photo gallery for older kids who can benefit from a bit of positive preoccupation.
This little dude has some mixed reviews, but the idea behind it is to provide kids on the spectrum a sense of comfort and focus. The center ring has a baring inside. Hold the circle and use a finger to spin it. This particular spinner, by the same folks that make the Fidget Cube, can hold a spin up to three minutes and costs around $13. Other fidget spinners are available and range from $3 on up.
This patented product won’t give away its secret purpose at first glance. However, fidgeters will recognize the hidden potential that the Kineckt Gear Ring has for fingers. The micro-precision gears work in unison when the outer bands are turned, providing instant relief for restlessness. Available at Kinekt Design online for about $165.
Sold in packs of four, these fidget-friendly pencils keep fingers busy. Each one has a different fidget near the eraser that can be taken off and moved onto another pencil. The cool designs feature a wing nut plus nut-and-bolt pencils – along with two others. Check them out on Amazon for around $10 a pack.
Have a LEGO lover in your life? Then the Eureka Ball by Creative Whack is for you. This kinetic toy uses 12 blocks and rare earth magnets to create endless design possibilities. Excellent as a fidget while encouraging right and left brain communication and problem solving. Warning: Keep away from pacemakers and young kids (small magnets are located in the toys and, if dislodged, are very dangerous if swallowed). For ages 14 and up. Find it at Online Science Mall for about $20.
Best suited for tweens and teens, due to its small size, this fidget will help ease anxiety and can be quickly stored or retrieved from a pocket. Designed by a person with ADHD, the ultimate fidget toy is sure to be a hit with anyone needing to fidget. Available via Amazon for $11.
This little pediatric hand exerciser does double duty as a fidget and a hand strengthener. The ergonomic design and soft exterior make it easy and appealing to use. Kids won’t know they’re improving fine motor skills – they’ll just be happy to keep those hands in motion. Find it on Amazon for about $25.
This toy is small enough to carry in your pocket and features 11 decompression features including a glider, a toggle switch, buttons and more to relieve anxiety and tension. It retails on Amazon for just $10.
This fidget toy not only keeps busy hands occupied and bust brains calm – it also doubles as a puzzle and movable sculpture. They come in all kids of colors and styles at most toy retailers and big-name stores like Walmart and Target for $5.99-$99.99.
The Fidget Cube has six sides, each with something to flip, glide, click, spin or roll, in order to help kids focus. It retails for about $13 and comes in an array of colors including blue on white, pink on white, black on black and others.
For just $10 on Amazon this fidget toy offers relief for those with ADD, ADHD, OCD, autism and high levels of anxiety. They’re colorful, hypoallergenic and can be twisted, squeezed, rolled and thrown, and have no issues bouncing back.
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