We all do it…fidget. Have you ever wondered why? Fidgeting is not just busy work. It acts as a sensory filter and helps us process incoming sensory information. For sensory over-responsive individuals, a calming fidget can literally be a lifesaver, helping to engage and relax. Yet excessive fidgeting can be annoying, distracting and harmful. In order to get the most benefit out of fidgeting, it’s best if you can grab a sensory motor fidget that can calm, relax and encourage quiet without excessive distractions. Let’s take a look at some of the benefits and best ways to use a fidget that calms.
Fidgeting can be a quick fix to those anxious moments, which may differ from individual to individual. Anxiety can creep up like a silent monster and keeping a calming fidget nearby can help offset some of those anxious moments. Having a fidget attached to your wrist can provide instant access to your fidget when anxiety arises.
Didn’t get the treat they wanted? Bad day at school? Lost their favorite game? Do you know a child, teen or adult who gets easily agitated? Using a large fidget to filter out oncoming sensory moodiness can help alleviate agitation before it even starts. Of course, working with a good routine and encouraging organization skills and behavior modification is part of the plan as well.
Testing sends everyone over the edge, but it is a large part of most schools. There are other types of tests as well that can pop up from time to time outside of school: medical tests, driving tests, licensing tests and so on. Having a stimulating fidget to use while studying and test taking can help regulate the sensory system for a more calming experience.
On the road? Going on a trip? Take a set of engaging fidgets to keep the fingers active and the mind engaged. Though we all love music, videos and books on tape, sometimes a fidget can be of great use when all other forms of entertainment have run out or are not available.
First day of camp? First day of school? A bit nervous? Having a fidget attached to a backpack, purse or belt loop can help regulate those nerves and even provide an icebreaker with new friends.
Who doesn’t dread a long checkout line? Waiting for an appointment? Close up that phone and pull out a great fidget. Your body and brain will thank you when your appointed time finally arrives.
To keep your fidgets clean, be sure to wipe them down regularly and inspect them for wear and tear. Though they should last for a long time, aggressive play can take their toll and an ounce of prevention is always the best medicine. So keep them clean and keep plenty around so you can alternate between your favorites!