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Why Do We Fidget?
Whether you are fidgeting with a pencil, your hair, the papers on your desk, or items in your desk, we fidget to help us focus, attend, and concentrate. 
According to Roland Rotz and Sarah D. Wright, authors of Fidget To Focus: Outwit Your Boredom: Sensory Strategies For Living With ADHD: "If something we are engaged in is not interesting enough to sustain our focus, the additional sensory-motor input that is mildly stimulating, interesting, or entertaining allows our brains to become fully engaged and allows us to sustain focus on the primary activity in which we are participating."
One 2005 study concluded that kids who are allowed to fidget during class learn more quickly than those who are not. Karen Pine with the University of Hertfordshire says that "if teachers encouraged more fidgeting in class they might find children actually learn more."

What Kind of Fidgets Can We Use?
There are so many different types of fidgets or items we can use as fidgets.  Some you can find in your kitchen drawer! Here are some fun fidgets you can give your children to help them focus throughout the day.
  • Strips of Velcro under their desk
  • Pipe cleaners, wrap around pencil top or just hold and twist in your hand
  • Fill and tie a balloon with flour, rice, or sugar
  • Rubberbands or hair ties
  • Worry stone- find a stone, clean & polish it, can even paint it
  • Theraband wrapped around the legs of chair
Tangles- Several types
Focus Fidget - Wrist band; Add to backpack, zipper pulls
Ergo Balls - Lycra Covered

Newsletter compiled by Lisa Walker OT