DIY fidgets are a wonderful tool for helping children with autism manage daily stress, stay focused on a task at hand and self-regulate their emotions. These are 3 of my absolute favorite DIY fidgets that you can easy make at home for, or with, your child. There are so many reasons that I love DIY fidgets for children with autism.
What are the benefits of using DIY fidgets for your child?
DIY fidgets help reduce daily stress.
It can be a very stressful world for children with autism. Between noise, lights, social situations and verbal challenges the world can be downright overwhelming. Fidgets are comforting and allow your child do something physical and repetitive to help him or her calm down.
DIY fidgets can help your child stay seated at school or in his or her home program.
I am in favor of children moving around, engaging in outdoor activities and having the freedom to improvise within their learning days – whether that be at school or at home. However, there are some times when it is important for your child to stay seated. This can be very difficult for a child with autism due to difficulty concentrating and sometimes related hyperactivity. Your child may tend to wiggle, slide of his or her seat, jump up dash across the room, sit for 5 seconds, repeat… This can be very challenging if your child is taking a test or if you are trying to teach him or her something new!
DIY fidgets strengthen your child’s hands.
While squeezing, turning and twisting a fidget, your child is also building his or her hand strength. Many children with autism have related fine motor issues that can affect their ability to learn to write and draw. Fidgets help them get one step closer to having the hand strength and precision necessary to engage in these types of activities.
Although you can find some lovely fidgets to purchase, I love DIY fidgets! Creating them is a fun project to share with your child, it is often less expensive to make a DIY fidget than to purchase one and if anything happens to the fidget, you can just make another one!
These are my 3 favorite DIY fidgets :
1. Wacky sacks from Somewhat Simple. I Heart Naptime.
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2. Braided yarn dolls from The Craft Train.
3. Wooden beaded bracelets from Lines Across.
Does your child use a fidget? Has it helped him or her to stay calm in challenging situations?
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