Sponsored Link
Five Helpful Fidget Tools for Kids with Autism & ADHD! (Fidgeting Improves Focus)

Five Helpful Fidget Tools for Kids with Autism & ADHD! (Fidgeting Improves Focus)

Share Button

A recent study on ADHD indicates that fidgeting actually improves, not hinders, focus. Maybe it is time to stop telling our kids to “sit still” or “stop playing with that.” Speaking from personal experience, I know that I actually focus better on verbal input when my hands or feet are moving in some way. What about you?

Additionally, many occupational therapists, experienced in working with children with autism, agree that fidgeting improves focus for their clients. For instance, occupational therapist, Moira Sullivan, M.A., O.T.R., explains why fidget tools are beneficial for students with autism in her article Better Focus Through Fidgeting and the aspergerssociety.org supports this theory in their article Autism Treatment 101 – Fidget Toys, indicating that fidget items help regulate the sensory system and help make concentration easier.

Children with ADHD and autism are not the only ones who would benefit from a fidget tool. Children with anxiety, sensory needs, and just a need to move in general, would likely benefit as well.

As a school psychologist and behavior specialist, I have encountered students who have the opportunity to use fidget tools/toys and have also had the priviledge of working with occupational therapists who provide fidget tools to students. There are several fidget toys that I absolutely love, for my students and for myself. Below I have listed my top five. All tools listed below are either silent, create very little noise, or have a silent option.

1) Flippy Chain Fidget
The Flippy Chain Fidget toy consists of two key rings, and two chains, similar to what you would find on a bike chain. See the video demonstration below for exactly how you would fidget with this item and how much sound it makes. You can attach it to a key chain, put it on a necklace or bracelet, or tie it to a desk leg so it does not get lost.

Video Demonstration


2) The Anti-Anxiety 360 Spinner 
With this fidget tool you can hold the spinner in one hand then use your other hand to spin it rapidly, using small continuous strikes to keep it spinning indefinitely. You can also put it on a pen and spin it around. The video demonstration below shows different ways of using the spinner and how much sound it makes.

Video Demonstration


3) Fidget Cube
The Fidget Cube has several fidgets in one such as clickable buttons, a switch, rollers, and a joy stick. This cube has silent and audible options. Check out the video demonstration for an in depth look at a fidget cube.

Video Demonstration


4) Tangle Jr. 
Tangle Jr.  is a series of 90-degree curves, connected and able to pivot at each joint. It has no beginning and no end – just continuous motion. Tangle Jr.  has endless uses and serves a variety of different purposes. It can be a puzzle, a desktop toy, a fidget, a brain tool, an anti-stress device, a movable sculpture, etc.  Tangle Jr.  is silent and calming. See the video demonstration below for a variety of ways to fidget with Tangle Jr..

Video Demonstration


5) My Fidget Friend
This fidget toy is made from high quality mesh and contains a marble on the inside. It is calming and quiet. It comes in a variety of colors. See how to fidget with this item in the video demonstration below.

Video Demonstration

More Great Fidget Tools

Educators Have Expressed Concerns that Fidget Tools Get Lost. Why not tie them to the desk leg or wear them on a key ring, bracelet, or chain?

Thank you for visiting educationandbehavior.com. We are a free resource for parents/caregivers, educators, and counselors. Browse our topics/categories from the navigation bar above! Receive our updates on Facebook.

Recommended for You:
14 Strategies to Help Children with ADHD in the Classroom or at Home
6 Research-Based Interventions for the Treatment of ADHD in Children
15 Behavior Strategies for Children on the Autism Spectrum

Written by Rachel Wise

Rachel Wise is the founder and CEO of educationandbehavior.com. She is also a nationally certified school psychologist and licensed behavior specialist with a master’s degree in education. Rachel has 20 years of experience working with individuals with academic and behavioral needs.


Educationandbehavior.com is a free resource for parents, caregivers, educators, and counselors. We provide academic, behavioral, and social-emotional support for children. Our mission is to provide accurate information and effective research-based strategies, with an ultimate goal of making a positive difference for children. Find out how you can contribute to educationandbehavior.com!

Submit a Guest Post We value guest writers at educationandbehavior.com and would love to hear from you! Our site provides free support for children in the areas of learning, behavior, and social-emotional development. If you are interested in submitting a guest post, topics of interest include autism, learning disabilities, academic strategies, bullying, ADHD, IEP's, occupational therapy, speech-language development, social skills, empathy, depression, anxiety, grief, divorce, fitness/nutrition for kids and other related topics. Articles can include strategies, information, or personal inspirational stories. All strategies must be backed by research that can be linked to or cited, or backed by experience-based accounts described in your post. Submissions can be written in the form of an article, poem, or letter. If you wish, your guest post would include a link to you or your business, with an author description. Please submit your content, content idea, or questions to our CEO Rachel Wise at [email protected].

Educational/Behavioral Products You May Like

Sponsored Links
Free Reading, Writing, and Math Worksheets for Grades Pre-K to 6
Fun and Function - Toys and Tools for Kids with Special Needs
HICKIES Elastic Laces - Excellent for Kids Who Struggle to Tie Traditional Laces
Fidget Cube (Great for ADHD and Autism)
ABCmouse.com - Over 3,000 Educational Activities - First Month Free!
Search for a Tutor for Free and Receive $20 in Free Tutoring from Wyzant!
Join Amazon Family: 30-Day Free Trial
To our readers: We have been receiving a lot of messages and emails asking for advice on how to handle particular problems. If you are looking for personal advice (for concerns about a child regarding academics, behavior, emotions, social skills, IEP, etc.) there are three ways to get your questions answered outside of what is offered through our free articles and resources on educationandbehavior.com.

1) We can turn your question into an anonymous post for our site (for free) which we would publish in our advice column and send to you personally (no names would be shared).

2) We offer paid consultation through Pay Pal. It is $5 for a question or $50 for an hour of consultation either by phone or Facebook messenger. You would chat with a certified school psychologist and licensed behavior specialist (our CEO).

3) You can post in our Facebook group to get feedback/advice from other parents and professionals, including our CEO. If you post in the group we may ask to turn your question into an anonymous post for our advice column. Here is a link to the group https://www.facebook.com/groups/798148863618619/?ref=br_rs.
You can send requests to our contact page, Facebook Messenger, or email our CEO at [email protected].



Leave a reply