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What are some of the best therapy fidgets for the classroom?

Therapy fidgets not only stop you from chewing on your pencil, biting your nails or twiddling and curling your hair. They provide the necessary sensory input to the brain that one may require in any given situation and can offer stress relief, focus and prevent anger for the child in the classroom.

These benefits are then passed on to the teachers. If children are settled in the classroom and on task, the teacher's job is a whole lot easier. Not only this, but the whole class can concentrate on learning and not be distracted by some individuals who might find it hard to stay in their seat or focus on their work.

They key to having classroom fidgets is getting ones that are discreet and not over appealing to the rest of the room. It is difficult for young children in a class to concentrate if they can see another student fidgeting with something that looks amazing and highly stimulating. Therefore, having attributes that allow them to be placed in your pocket or attached to bag straps, clips or belts is beneficial, especially for those with anxiety disorders who may need them frequently throughout the day in various situations.

So, how do we find fidgets toys that are beneficial to the child with restlessness and inattentiveness, yet still allow the remainder of the room to concentrate and listen to the teacher and their peers.

Children are often engaged in group work where they will discuss things with their friends, so how does a person using a fidget participate in these activities, yet not distract the minds of others in the group?

The secret is to purchase fidgets that offer repetitious, quiet, tactile and fine motor control to the user. They do not have to have screens, flashing lights and make noises!

7  toys for focus, attention and motor development for kids with autism, adhd and stress

1. Fidget chair band - these are becoming very popular. The chair band wraps around the legs of the chair allowing the user to rest their legs on them, instead of dangling, or they can manipulate the band with their feet. For kids with sensory needs this movement band works a treat as it allows them to exert pressure by pushing their legs in any direction and assists them to maintain attention and a sense of calm for longer. Kids can move their body as much as they like, yet make no noise, remain seated and not distract others.

2. Spikey desk fidget - these have a non-skid bottom allowing them to stick to the desk. Users can get sensory stimulation and different sensations by running their fingers or feet over them. They come in a few different colours, don't make a noise and sit discreetly on a corner of the desk therefore they are not distracting to others. They are great for increasing concentration.

3. Therapy putty - great for children to manipulate and mould into any shape or direction and gives users a very tactile and sensory experience. This putty has lots of benefits. It can improve fine motor co-ordination, finger control and hand strength, yet still be a silent activity which allows them to fiddle and still concentrate on listening to the teacher for a longer duration. Also great for anxiety management in stressful environments! A real winner!

4. Oogis – also go by the name of bendables, these are very tactile, figure toys that have suction cups on legs and arms which allow them to stick to surfaces at home or school such as a wall, door or desk. They are both "cool" yet plain looking tactile, bendable little people that you can stick and manipulate in many ways. With good durability they will provide hours of fun and focus for kids or students with adhd, autism and restlessness. Even useful to help calm before bedtime or when feeling anxious! A family of oogis will not blow your budget and will set you back about $25.

5. Squishy balls - these flexible and squishy stress relieving balls allow plenty of tactile, hand-squashing movements of the gel inside. There is a huge range of options available including various textures, sizes, softness, tactile bits and even ones that bounce. Perfect for fidgeters of all ages and they don't make a noise!

6. Pop fidgets - not sure if we should put these in the top-ranking fidget toys but it makes the list based on pure popularity and influence from kids. If it was purely a trending, popularity contest these guys would be number one. These things are "the bomb" at the moment and every child on the planet just about has one, two or heaps! It is very much like popping bubble wrap plastic with your hands (and we all know how much fun that is), except it makes much less noise. Users basically push the (mostly) silicone bubbles to one side and can then pop away until all the "bubbles" are popped back onto the starting side. They are becoming even more enticing now that they come in all shapes, figures and sizes along with animals such as dinosaurs, fish and birds amongst many others. There are also some "educational" ones new on the market that are covered in letters from the alphabet and learners can complete spelling and other activities directed by the parent or teacher where they can push the bubbled letters to spell words or answer questions. Check online for a huge range of games that you can play with them!
Once again, they make the list purely on popularity and who are we to judge when the kids have answered with their feet and wallets! You should not need any more information or recommendation than that!

7. Chain Fidgets – a kind of fidget spinner toy, these are more popular with adults or older teens when looking for a fidget. Many are made of metal and look like a small part of a chain from a bike. Some are magnetic and can be purchased in a wooden box as part of a set in the OT Warehouse online store. They are easily concealed, look great and do not necessarily look like a kid’s toy which appeals to the older group.

Why Sensory Fidgets Are So Much Fun For Kids And Adults With Autism and ADHD

For children with autism, adhd, sensory processing disorder, anxiety disorders and general restlessness, fidget toys provide many benefits. These items are predominantly calming tools that can be used in ways to help anxious children, including keeping them settled, focussed and on task in a classroom at school or in a room at home. They not only can improve motor development but also give the user a tool to block out external stimuli and take their attention away from what may be causing the distraction, anxiety, or stress, allowing them to more quickly shift their focus back on the preferred task.

A range of toys for kids and adults of all ages

At OT Warehouse the checkout is smooth and easy. There is a huge range of choice with hundreds of products for adults and children including many that are great for school, car rides, xmas or a birthday. Prices are reasonable and there are novelty toys and pieces to suit all budgets. Choose from fidget spinners, cubes, sensory balls, stress balls, squeeze toys, chewies, blankets and many others! There is a toy for all! They also make great gifts in homes or for birthdays. Customers get fast shipping and delivery is available anywhere in Australia.

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What are some of the best therapy fidgets for the classroom?

Therapy fidgets not only stop you from chewing on your pencil, biting your nails or twiddling and curling your hair. They provide the necessary sensory input to the brain that one may require in any given situation and can offer stress relief, focus and prevent anger for the child in the classroom.

These benefits are then passed on to the teachers. If children are settled in the classroom and on task, the teacher's job is a whole lot easier. Not only this, but the whole class can concentrate on learning and not be distracted by some individuals who might find it hard to stay in their seat or focus on their work.

They key to having classroom fidgets is getting ones that are discreet and not over appealing to the rest of the room. It is difficult for young children in a class to concentrate if they can see another student fidgeting with something that looks amazing and highly stimulating. Therefore, having attributes that allow them to be placed in your pocket or attached to bag straps, clips or belts is beneficial, especially for those with anxiety disorders who may need them frequently throughout the day in various situations.

So, how do we find fidgets toys that are beneficial to the child with restlessness and inattentiveness, yet still allow the remainder of the room to concentrate and listen to the teacher and their peers.

Children are often engaged in group work where they will discuss things with their friends, so how does a person using a fidget participate in these activities, yet not distract the minds of others in the group?

The secret is to purchase fidgets that offer repetitious, quiet, tactile and fine motor control to the user. They do not have to have screens, flashing lights and make noises!

7  toys for focus, attention and motor development for kids with autism, adhd and stress

1. Fidget chair band - these are becoming very popular. The chair band wraps around the legs of the chair allowing the user to rest their legs on them, instead of dangling, or they can manipulate the band with their feet. For kids with sensory needs this movement band works a treat as it allows them to exert pressure by pushing their legs in any direction and assists them to maintain attention and a sense of calm for longer. Kids can move their body as much as they like, yet make no noise, remain seated and not distract others.

2. Spikey desk fidget - these have a non-skid bottom allowing them to stick to the desk. Users can get sensory stimulation and different sensations by running their fingers or feet over them. They come in a few different colours, don't make a noise and sit discreetly on a corner of the desk therefore they are not distracting to others. They are great for increasing concentration.

3. Therapy putty - great for children to manipulate and mould into any shape or direction and gives users a very tactile and sensory experience. This putty has lots of benefits. It can improve fine motor co-ordination, finger control and hand strength, yet still be a silent activity which allows them to fiddle and still concentrate on listening to the teacher for a longer duration. Also great for anxiety management in stressful environments! A real winner!

4. Oogis – also go by the name of bendables, these are very tactile, figure toys that have suction cups on legs and arms which allow them to stick to surfaces at home or school such as a wall, door or desk. They are both "cool" yet plain looking tactile, bendable little people that you can stick and manipulate in many ways. With good durability they will provide hours of fun and focus for kids or students with adhd, autism and restlessness. Even useful to help calm before bedtime or when feeling anxious! A family of oogis will not blow your budget and will set you back about $25.

5. Squishy balls - these flexible and squishy stress relieving balls allow plenty of tactile, hand-squashing movements of the gel inside. There is a huge range of options available including various textures, sizes, softness, tactile bits and even ones that bounce. Perfect for fidgeters of all ages and they don't make a noise!

6. Pop fidgets - not sure if we should put these in the top-ranking fidget toys but it makes the list based on pure popularity and influence from kids. If it was purely a trending, popularity contest these guys would be number one. These things are "the bomb" at the moment and every child on the planet just about has one, two or heaps! It is very much like popping bubble wrap plastic with your hands (and we all know how much fun that is), except it makes much less noise. Users basically push the (mostly) silicone bubbles to one side and can then pop away until all the "bubbles" are popped back onto the starting side. They are becoming even more enticing now that they come in all shapes, figures and sizes along with animals such as dinosaurs, fish and birds amongst many others. There are also some "educational" ones new on the market that are covered in letters from the alphabet and learners can complete spelling and other activities directed by the parent or teacher where they can push the bubbled letters to spell words or answer questions. Check online for a huge range of games that you can play with them!
Once again, they make the list purely on popularity and who are we to judge when the kids have answered with their feet and wallets! You should not need any more information or recommendation than that!

7. Chain Fidgets – a kind of fidget spinner toy, these are more popular with adults or older teens when looking for a fidget. Many are made of metal and look like a small part of a chain from a bike. Some are magnetic and can be purchased in a wooden box as part of a set in the OT Warehouse online store. They are easily concealed, look great and do not necessarily look like a kid’s toy which appeals to the older group.

Why Sensory Fidgets Are So Much Fun For Kids And Adults With Autism and ADHD

For children with autism, adhd, sensory processing disorder, anxiety disorders and general restlessness, fidget toys provide many benefits. These items are predominantly calming tools that can be used in ways to help anxious children, including keeping them settled, focussed and on task in a classroom at school or in a room at home. They not only can improve motor development but also give the user a tool to block out external stimuli and take their attention away from what may be causing the distraction, anxiety, or stress, allowing them to more quickly shift their focus back on the preferred task.

A range of toys for kids and adults of all ages

At OT Warehouse the checkout is smooth and easy. There is a huge range of choice with hundreds of products for adults and children including many that are great for school, car rides, xmas or a birthday. Prices are reasonable and there are novelty toys and pieces to suit all budgets. Choose from fidget spinners, cubes, sensory balls, stress balls, squeeze toys, chewies, blankets and many others! There is a toy for all! They also make great gifts in homes or for birthdays. Customers get fast shipping and delivery is available anywhere in Australia.

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