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What fidgets have worked for any of your students that self stim in the classroom?  I am looking for a middle school aged boy. This is stopping him from completing his work in the classroom. 

asked Nov 13, 2017

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Hi - I find some kids really like playing with a small ball of Blu-Tack.  I also sometimes give them large, thick rubber bands and they can play with it with their fingers/hands.  For younger kids you can put the rubber band around the legs of the chairs and then they can fidget with their feet.

I guess it depends what the stimulation is that the child is seeking.  If it is movement - then a seating option.  If it is proprioceptive, then some kind of squeezing with the hands or chewing with the mouth.  If it is tactile, then perhaps a strip of silky ribbon safety pinned in the pocket to twirl with the fingers.  Fidgets should be about satisfying the needs of the sensory system to fasciliate concentration and learning.  It can be a fine line between that and providing a distraction.

posted Nov 16, 2017
My current favorit fidget is a "feelie fish." http://shoponline.pfot.com/cgi-bin/sc/productsearch.cgi?storeid=*14c90f2dbbe050d60f75cbe7&_ga=2.55684267.1689182664.1510775624-2022415776.1510775624 It is quiet, and not so small that it gets lost, or taken home and never comes back to school. And it doesn't look babyish. I have one autistic teen age boy that wears his on his belt loop with a carabiner, and another that keeps his "tool" on his desk, and a 3rd that only uses his in the resource room. (Many other kids in the resource room seek out the fish.) - Uniquelyruth Nov 16, 2017
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I put this under comments, but am now obviously putting this in the answer spot.

My current favorit fidget is a "feelie fish." http://shoponline.pfot.com/cgi-bin/sc/productsearch.cgi?storeid=*14c90f2dbbe050d60f75cbe7&_ga=2.55684267.1689182664.1510775624-2022415776.1510775624 It is quiet, and not so small that it gets lost, or taken home and never comes back to school. And it doesn't look babyish. I have one autistic teen age boy that wears his on his belt loop with a carabiner, and another that keeps his "tool" on his desk, and a 3rd that only uses his in the resource room. (Many other kids in the resource room seek out the fish.) - Uniquelyruth Nov 16, 2017

posted Nov 16, 2017
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my kids have been loving those sequined pillows that you can rub the sequins in different directions - 5 below has pillows and the Dollar store has small clip on keychains made of the same mateirlas, its quiet, they cna clip on the ir belt loop or backpack, etc.. 

posted Nov 17, 2017
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Fidgets Compiled list from Facebook thread (Pediatric Occupational Therapists) May 1, 2017 “Ok OTs: Favorite low cost fidget items that "won't distract the others" as the teachers put it.” ? Velcro under the table ? Mesh sewn together at end with marble inside that you can push back and forth ? Theraband on legs of the desk ? Pipe cleaners ? Art eraser (kneadable erasers) ? Thinking putty ? Flexible straw cut leaving about an inch on each side of the flex part ? Flexible rubber hair curlers ? Zipper bracelets ? Paper clip (can add a pony bead on a jumbo paper clip) ? The tangle ? Duct tape a pipe cleaner with pony beads strung on it to a popsicle stick (leave room to slide the beads) ? 2-3 key rings looped together (different sizes) ? 1-2 hair rubber bands around wrist ? Various textured items (ie rubber band, satin ribbon, pipe cleaner, ribbed ribbon) tied together -can twirl/bend through fingers ? Bead ring with only a few beads -worn on index finger ? Tacky putty ? Gear ties (more industrial than regular pipe cleaner and washable) ? Blue tac / Fun tac ? Wall mounting putty ? Stress ball (balloon with playdoh inside) ? Strip of fleece ? Water beads or Orbeez in balloons ? Small window gel clings on small laminated piece of card ? Key ring with bead on it (fidget ring)

posted Dec 09, 2017

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