autism awareness day 2017

National Autism Awareness Month

As National Autism Awareness month is recognized in the month of April, we take a look at one of the interesting aspects of treating symptoms in autistic children and adults: fidgeting. While there is no cure for autism, there are ways to alleviate some of the symptoms – in particular, sensory issues. People with autism […]

Fidget Toys to Manage Your ADHD

From the time we’re young, we learn that we can control anything we want. How many times has someone said to you that with a little discipline, you can get over whatever hurdles you might be facing? The old “mind over matter” argument is pretty common–and very frustrating to those of us who can’t seem […]

Nail Biters Rejoice–and Fidget!!

For those of us who bite our nails (or cuticles), the behavior is completely ingrained. We do it without even thinking because we’re nervous, anxious, or just have this specific tick. Nail biting can be embarrassing. For starters, it’s pretty disgusting to have your hands in your mouth on a near-constant basis. (Not to mention […]

Adult Fidget Toys for Anxious Adventures

Last week I had an anxious adventure in international flight. For the first time in the history of my life (which includes many international flights), I left my passport at home. Luckily, there was someone around to swing by the house and take the passport to where I was. Still, being the “see it to believe […]

Fidget to Lose Weight

We all know that sitting still isn’t so great for weight loss, but we now also know that we should fidget to lose weight.  Seems crazy, but it’s true–all that extra frenetic energy actually just means that we’re burning more calories.  Plus, the more body parts that are fidgeting around the better–that is, you should […]

Fidget to Quit Smoking

Why do we fidget when we quit smoking?  For the same reason that we should fidget TO quit smoking!  When we smoke we use our hands, so when we quit smoking, we have a missing and nagging issue–what do we do with our hands now?  We don’t want to leave them at a loss, this […]

Why Do We Fidget?

We spend our entire lives hearing that we fidget because we don’t know how to control ourselves.  We learn to equate fidgeting with being undisciplined and even impolite.  Thank goodness for new research that shows us that fidgeting is not only normal but healthy!  So:  why do we fidget? Fidgeting is actually a response to […]

How to Choose the Best Fidget Toys for your ADHD Child

Fidget toys that are most effective have certain properties because their underlying premise is stimulation and engagement. So how do you choose the best fidget toys for your ADHD child? Fidget toys work best if they: have interesting tactile composition such as squeezable or spiky massagers have heaviness or pliability provide the hands with movement opportunities […]

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