Fidget Toys for ADHD
I recently participated in a local consignment sale. My non-disabled child had quite the collection of fidget spinners. That was a short-lived trend, wasn’t it? I’m kinda glad it’s over.
But, for some kids, Fidget Spinners and Fidget Toys are therapeutic. I just hope that the trend of spinning them, timing how long they spin and trading them in classrooms didn’t ruin it for everyone. Or ruin it for those who really need them and benefit from them.
Do Fidget Spinners really work for ADHD?
There certainly is no shortage of people who will roll their eyes at the prospect of a little toy being able to help someone with their ADHD, PTSD or other disorders. And of course, for the folks trying to sell fidget spinners, there is no shortage of claims that they can do so. You can read this article from Forbes which explains some of the science behind fidget toys and spinners.
For me, this meets my criteria of “worth a try.” Fidget toys are inexpensive and harmless. Nothing detrimental can happen to your child from using a fidget spinner. So why not give it a try?
Spring standardized testing season is upon us, so now is the perfect time to see if it works for you.
Fidget Toys under $10
Just a reminder that pricing on Amazon changes all the time. At the time this was published, they were all under $10. The number of the item should match with the collage below.
- 5 PCS Squeeze-a-Bean Soybean Stress Relieving Keychain Mobile Chain Fidget
- Fidget Spinner Bauhinia Flower
- Infinite Cube, P.LOTOR Magic Infinity Flip Cube Edc Fidgeting Square
- Fidget Controller Relieve Pad with 8 Functions
- 12 Side Fidget Dodecagon Toy Cube
- Golden Circle Fidget Spinner
- Flippy Chain Fidget Toy
- Rainbow Wheel Fidget Spinner
- Silicone Frame Fidget Cube
- Colorful Infinity Cube
Where to buy Fidget Toys and Gadgets
When shopping for fun and funky stuff like this, sometimes you have to look beyond the mainstream and big-box retailers.
- Light in the Box– They sell a ton of stuff for nerds, but also have a decent cosplay department.
- Geek Buying– need I say more? Name says it all.
- TomTop– unusual assortment of electronics.
- National Geographic– amazing online assortment, the stores are cool to visit too.
- And Amazon. Of course.
Here are more fidget toys. Some are over $10, but some are much less than $10. Depends on if you want a good one that is a favorite, or do you need a few for the backpack, the car, your purse and so on?
Adding Fidget Toys to your IEP
Yes, I’ve actually seen fidget toys on IEPs quite frequently. It’s an accommodation. And quite frankly, a really simple and inexpensive one. If your child benefits from fidget spinners and is able to focus better when using a fidget toy, I’d get it added to the IEP. Sure, it might not be needed. But in the event that there’s a substitute teacher or something like that, always best to have it in writing.
You might find other ideas here:
- 25 Amazing Gift Ideas for Teens and Adults with Autism and other Disabilities
- 50 Best Toys for Developmental Delays