Amy - posted on 03/21/2010 ( 15 moms have responded )
Hi I've heard and read a lot about fidget toys. My son really requires one, ex. when he's sitting at night watching TV, trying to listen in speech therapy and during class time occasionally. My son is a fidget er, he HAS to constantly be moving some part of his body, which I know is common with SPD, but its not just the constant foot shaking or squirming that worries me. He will bite his nails, and its gotten so bad that he's gotten a couple staff infections on his fingers. Also, if he's not biting his nails then he's constantly scratching ALL over his body, and he'll scratch till his skin is raw.
I've tried several "fidget" toys.....sort balls (or stress balls), bubble wrap....which worked well for a while, and a soft, rubber crazy-looking worm thing that my mom gave him. I've even tried his lille Transformer toys, his Hot-wheels cars. Nothing seems to work, he'll use it for a couple minutes then put it down and start scratching or biting.
I need some ideas or suggestions on any other items I could use for a fidget toy.
Would a small stuffed animal work?