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Tzvi Schectman

21 Great Fidgets For Your Child With Special Needs

Fidget toys are great self-regulation tools to help with focus, attention, calming, and active listening. We asked some of our contributing bloggers what widgets they would recommend. The results are some pretty neat fidget toys that will help your child with special needs. Check out all 21 below.

Karen Wang

Fidget Toys1. Rainbow twist and lock blocks 2. Robot X-7 3. Wooden Jacob's Ladder 4. Small PinFrame 5. Tangles 6. Cars and planes: Hot Wheels cars, monster trucks, motorcycles and airplanes are great fidget toys - very soothing when the wheels roll on the hands and arm, plus they're 100% appropriate for kids in almost every social situation. 7. Silly Putty is an excellent quiet fidget toy in a school setting. 8. We also have a few dozen stretchy plastic lizards, frogs and snakes. 9. Haba makes wooden fidgets that are marketed as teething toys for babies - they're safe for chewing. Karen is a Friendship Circle parent and contributor to this blog. She is also a contributing author to the anthology "My Baby Rides the Short Bus: The Unabashedly Human Experience of Raising Kids With Disabilities"

Jeanette Jones, OTRL/MOT

Koosh Ball Fidget10. Koosh balls 11. Marbles in a small bag 12. Squish balls- kids love the ones that an effect happens when you squish it (eyes pop out, or different colors turn on) 13. Ponytail bands 14. Soft pipe cleaners with ends cut off (not sharp) Jeanette is an Occupational Therapist at the Kaufman Children's Center.

Brenda Kosky Deskin

Corks Fidget15. Stress balls: You can make them with cornstarch or sand and balloons. 16. Corks for people who like to pick at things. 17. Buckyballs but they've stopped making them as they're too dangerous. 4. Pin Art Toys (i find ours addictive once I have it in my hands!) 18. Hoberman Spheres 19. Wikki Stix 20. Gear Ring: For older kids it's hard to find items that will not be noticed by classmates. 21. Chewlery Brenda is the parent of a child with Autism.She is a Founder and Editor of, a one-of-a-kind website and online directory dedicated to providing vital resources and information to the international Autism community.

Melissa Ferry

I like tangles and they tend to work well for younger students.  My older students tend to prefer my homemade ones (I fill balloons with either rice, oatmeal, or flour)...they choose which one they want based on their sensory needs. It's very funny how some kids can't stand even to touch the rice one but love the flour and then some kids are the exact opposite and need the stress relief the rice provides. The oatmeal I found is a nice balance between the two. Melissa is a former Friendship Circle volunteer. She currently is a special education teacher for Mt. Pleasant Schools in Michigan. So... What are your favorite fidgets?

WRITTEN ON November 13, 2013 BY:

Tzvi Schectman

Tzvi Schectman is the Family Coordinator for the Friendship Circle of Michigan and the Editor of the the Friendship Circle Blog. You can connect with Tzvi on LinkedIn and Google+