A Fidget for Busy Hands

 

Busy Hands for a Fidgety Kid

Fidgets, Fidgets, Fidgets!

If you’ve been reading my latest posts, you’ll notice that I’ve been talking a lot about fidgets, fidgeting, and all things fidgety. Teachers are constantly asking how to help their students focus and how to keep them in their seats. Parents are looking for sensory toys to help their child succeed at school.  There are many simple fidgets that you can supply a student with to keep busy hands quiet during class activities.

As I’ve recently posted, there are great little toys you can get at the dollar store that will do the job. But, sometimes you need something more. Something sturdy, durable, washable, AND fidgety. Today I’m excited to write about a new product I found called Fiddle Focus™ for Busy Fingers.  It’s made by Creative Educational Strategies and Services.  I had a great experience with one of my most fidgety Kindergarten kids ever. This product did the trick, so I’m happy to share my good luck with you.

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The Busy Hands tactile fidget is a tactile strip with four different patterns and materials set next to each other in a horizontal row.  There is velcro attached to the back, so you can stick it to the underneath of a desk or a table if that is convenient.

My Fidgety Kindergarten Case

“Danny” was a 5-year-old boy who presented with all the classic symptoms of ADHD.  He was inattentive, impulsive, and had a constant need to be moving.  I worked very closely with the special education teacher in his co-teaching kindergarten classroom to make sure that Danny’s environment was set up so that he could learn.  We tried a Seat Cushion for him, which helped him stay seated for longer periods of time. Then we added TheraBand to the legs of his chair, so he could kick while sitting at his Kindergarten work table.  We gave him a weighted vest to wear during circle time, which he loved.  So we had most of our bases covered.

Except for his hands.

 Those fingers would seek out anything they could during lessons, resulting in untied shoelaces, tiny crayon wrappers all over the desk, you name it.  I decided to try out the Busy Fingers from Fiddle focus.  We had already tried Velcro under the table as a tactile fidget.  The problem was that he kept peeling it off.  Simply rubbing the Velcro wasn’t enough.

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The Busy Fingers tactile strip turned out to be perfect.  It comes with a velcro strip, so we stuck it to the underneath of his kindergarten table right at his seat.  Now it was out of view, which didn’t make all the other kids ask about it.

But, when he got up to go sit on the rug, he was able to peel it off and take it with him.  This way, his fingers were busy while the teacher taught her lesson of the day.  Now, with the vest, the cushion, and the Busy Fingers, we had the tools we needed to help Danny focus.  On a side note, Danny’s mom was on board with us trying all this stuff.  He was just as inattentive and fidgety at home.

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Danny’s special ed teacher told me that Danny was doing great with the Busy Fingers.  She said  “he’s playing with it while the teacher is teaching but he hears everything she says.   It’s under the table so the other kids aren’t distracted, but he loves to reach for it in between lessons”. Sometimes it’s hard to understand that a child can still hear everything you say even if they aren’t looking at you.  But the same is true for us.  How often do we watch TV, read a book and have a conversation with someone at the same time? Not everyone’s brains are wired to concentrate on one thing at a time. That’s okay. As long as you get done what needs to get done, it’s all good.

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11 thoughts on “A Fidget for Busy Hands

  1. Lacie says:

    This is awesome!! I have many fidgety friends in my integrated preschool classroom that might benefit from a “non-toy” fidget. I find that at the pre-school level, the fidget toys become very distracting when someone else wants what they have. I can see this velcroed to the carpet on the side of the child, where they can fidget away without it being distracting!

  2. Kim says:

    Hi Jaime! Thanks for the idea. I’ve tried a few things for my 7 yr old but he wasn’t happy with any. I’m definitely going to try this!!! Crossing fingers we have as much luck as your student 🙂
    Kim Lagonigro

  3. Anna Razza says:

    What s great idea! I love the fact that it’s sturdy and has multiple textures but I especially like the idea that it can be hidden under the desk! Too often the other children can then become distracted or worse the fidgety child can be picked on. I love how this is just one of many wonderful ideas you have for fidgety kids and how they all work together.

  4. Marlo says:

    These are wonderful! I saw them at the ASHA convention and I would love to have one to use in my speech therapy practice! Fingers crossed! (It may help my need to fidget too!) 😉

  5. KatieL says:

    What a neat and interesting project. I am a middle school special ed teacher, but also think this would be a great product to use for my always moving 7 year old son. Thank you for sharing.

  6. Jessi walker says:

    I have been searching for a fidget for my son. I’ve been looking all over :/ this may be it! I need something that can be kept out of sight! Under the desk would be great, maybe he would actually stay in his seat!

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