Fidget Toys for Sensory Processing Disorders
Aside from issues with certain foods, our Little Man has "definite dysfunction" in a handful of sensory areas.
I am thankful for organizations like the Sensory Processing Disorder Foundation that are working to bring awareness to a condition that affects kids and adults alike, and help me better understand my child.
This year it has become apparent that Little Man benefits from carrying a fidget toy in his pocket. It helps to minimize his touching the gelled spikes on Jermiah's head and from hugging the cute little blonde sitting next to him at Circle Time!
With a fidget toy in hand, he receives some of the sensory input he craves.
This week I thought I would share some of his (and my) favorite fidget toys. In addition to offering input, some of these toys work to strengthen little hands, too.
Sensory Stixx fidgets offer hand-sized sensory stimulation and draws little attention to itself in order to avoid anxiety from other onlookers. Easily fits in pocket, purse, or book bag and is dishwasher safe.
Designed to strengthen fingers and grip, the three different color-coded Gaiam Hand Therapy Balls offer varying resistances and make great fidget toys. My son especially likes the soft purple one. Not for chewers.
Early on everything went into Little Man's mouth as he sought sensory input. For a time he enjoyed Chewy Tubes. I especially like them for babies and toddlers for their handle grip. These make great teethers, too!
We first used this tool for body brushing. Our son now uses it as a pocket fidget as it mimics the texture of hair. This brush is a must-try tool for children or adults with sensory processing challenges.
These Edushape Sensory Balls are great to hold onto during Circle Time as the size requires two little hands to hold them. Recommended for kiddos who know not to throw them, but quiety hold them.
The Hair Tangle Jr is twisty, turny, squiggly, and squirmy. It has a unique "hairy" feel that is addictively fun to play with and manipulate. Not for chewers.
The Banana Stress Toy is a replica of a real banana. It mushes, stretches and could pass for a real banana! My favorite toy by far. Not for chewers.
I wonder if someone you know uses a fidget toy? At school? At work? I'd love to know what works for them.