It can be hard for any child to sit still in classes all day long. Let’s face it – it would be hard for most grown-ups to sit still that long. Even with breaks, lunch, and recesses, kids are still expected to be still and quiet for long periods of time. This becomes even more of a struggle for kids with special needs like ADHD or autism. There are some resources that will give your children an outlet for them to fidget in a calmer manner.
Kids that have to be doing something with their hands with appreciate these pencil toppers. Each of the four kinds has a long piece that fits on the pencil. The long piece holds a shorter piece that can move up and down. A child can sit in class with their pencil and still be able to move their hands without distracting other students or the teacher.
Another help for kids that fidget is the common stress ball. In this case, the stress ball is not just to relieve stress. The purpose instead is simply for the child to have something to do with their hands. Squeezing the stress ball allows children to release energy in a less active way.
While some children need to move or fidget with their hands, other children need to chew on things. If not given something specific, these students tend to bite their fingernails, chew on their pencils, or even suck on their hands. If you child is a student like this, it may help to give them something that is specifically for them to chew on. Companies are making chewing objects for kids that are fun and cute accessories. Boys will like the dog tags while girls with feel pretty in a beaded necklace.
So if your child needs to fidget in class, try out one of these toys. Maybe they need to hand movement or feeling in their mouth to help them concentrate. Maybe the need to move or chew is completely out of their control. Either way, these toys are resources that can help. What other sensory toys does your child like to use?
Photo by: Kids that Fidget