The Neurodivergent mind’s greatest asset is curiosity. The ability to think outside the box and bring new ideas to the table is unbeaten.
But in order to bring those ideas to life, many sensory seekers head for the Autism Fidget Toys. That’s because people with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) are sensory seekers that need a little extra to regulate concentration. It’s the reason they are always on the move, trying to get the Serotonin and Dopamine flowing when it’s most needed.
But for many, the benefits of fidgeting provide an outlet. Fidgeting can enable a release of anxiety, and in some cases, alleviate the temptaions of self-harm. So if you or your loved one needs something to keep their hands busy, then check out 7 of the best Autism Fidget Toys that we use on a regular basis.
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By now you’ve probably heard of fidget spinners. These popular items are everywhere from Christmas crackers to classrooms and even in celebrity culture. And, the range of fidget spinners keeps growing each day.
They also come in different shapes and sizes, and even different weights for optimal spinning, making them great for anyone of all ages to enjoy. Just like stress balls, these all-time classics are great for anyone with anxiety or sensory processing disorders.
That’s because they allow the user to distract themselves from whatever is on their mind by using physical activity to create an alternative outlet for focus. Plus, they help stimulate dopamine through heightened sensory seeking.
Our personal favourite is this bubble pop fidget spinner that combines two of our favorite fidget toys in one!!!
The infinity fidget cube is brilliant. These are the preferred toys for Autism and ADHD if you prefer a tactile fidget and need to keep your hands busy and are looking for an anxiety-relief toy.
Tactile fidgeters conduct their sensory seeking through touch and feel, aka tactile input. So compared to some others on the list, the infinity cube encourages beneficial stimming as more of a stress relief hand toy that improves adult and child focus alike.
An infinity cube can come in many different styles – We love the one in our picture because of the way it’s marketed towards adults, especially great for a professional setting. But like so many fidget toys out there, so there’s something for neurodivergent people no matter who they are!
The 12-sided fidget cube takes the traditional cube and offers an even greater variety of textures and fidget tools all in one cube. For example, some sides make a subtle clicking noise, while others offer a silent fidget experience, great for when you’re in a meeting or an exam, for example. Different materials are also used to give different textures to play with.
The great thing about this type of fidget cube is that if you’re used to stress balls, the idea of having something in your hand will be familiar. But while stress balls are great for keeping your hands busy, those of us with fidgety fingers need a little more than a stress ball to cope with anxiety and sensory overload that comes with being neurodivergent!
Having multiple fidget options at once is enough to satisfy anyone with ADHD. Whether hyperfocusing or distracted, having so many fidget options keeps this ADHD toy well-used through the most anxious times. Plus, because of it’s size, it’s also one of the most popular autistic stimming toys amongst autistic adults.
Here’s one of the author’s favorite fidgets. Great for irritating family members, the flippy chain fidget toy is the one that satisfies those who enjoy a clicking sound as well as finger-fidgeting. This kind of fidget tool often comes as part of an anti-anxiety sensory fidget pack, but you can get them individually too.
It’s quite easy to forget when buying a gift for an autistic loved one that sensory stimulation often needs to stimulate multiple senses at the same time. And the great thing about these are that, even for people with sensory processing disorders who suffer from sensory overload, in the right conditions, these flip chains can satisfy multiple urges at once.
For example, if you’re in a quiet room and feeling under stimulated or anxiety is running high, the clicking noise stimulates the ears, the metal provides visual stimulation and as well as tactility through the coldness of metal, you also get the movement stimulation from the fidget toy itself.
Oral motor fidgets are very popular with people with Autism. When the anxiety is rife, an autistic child or adult may find non-food items to try and curb the anxiety. Ties, necklaces, pens and cuffs are all common oral motor fidgets.
So to avoid embarrassment or damage to teeth and the chewed item, many companies have started specializing in oral motor fidgets specially designed. These companies have created chewelry, a form of jewelry dedicated to oral motor stims that balances form and function.
From a sensory perspective, the chewelry normally has a rubbery texture to avoid any damage to the teeth, and come in all shapes and sizes, from discreet traditional designs to chewnicorns and chewnisaurs for kids.
Check out this set of 5 chewelry assortments here!
Not every fidgeter sensory seeks with their hands. Ever heard of ASMR? Well, as we mentioned in the flippy chain description, autistic individuals have not only a heightened tactile awareness but also sensory awareness too.
Well, that’s why fidget popper stress reliever toys like a bubble pop keychain are the best Autism fidget toys for anyone who is predisposed to seeking certain noises. There’s something so satisfying about a pop that makes it one of our favorite fidgets to play with. They also provide a calming input
And what’s better, wait until you see this fidget popper bag! Kids no longer need to put up with the classic pop sound fidget otherwise known as disused bubble wrap popping. Instead, they can take their popper with them wherever they go. And, they’ll have somewhere to put all their other fidget toys too!
For those who require more sensory input or struggle with motor skills, then toys that act more as sensory items are an ideal choice. Textured fidget toys and stress balls that don’t require much movement, but can offer a tactile experience through tactile input are perfect.
Stress balls are so popular because they’re multi-purpose. As well as helping you relax by exerting energy, stress balls can also provide a textural stimulation, as well as engage you in play by throwing stress balls to another person (just try not to throw it at them, of course!).
There’s something so satisfying about the Koosh balls in particular that hits the stim spot every time! Not only that, these anti-stress toys are great for helping younger kids with social interaction since they can engage in play with other young children too.
As you can see, there’s plenty of highly rated, well-priced products that everyone who needs ADHD or Autism fidget toys can enjoy.
It’s a sad truth that for many, children in classrooms are misunderstood; their agitation isn’t from boredom, but anxiety and a desire to develop their mind into something bigger.
As the role of these toys becomes more universally accepted as a valid everyday therapy for stress relief and sensory overstimulation, they’re becoming more of an essential part of everyday life and making us all feel that little less overwhelmed!
Keep reading our blog for more lifestyle tips to help calm the anxiety of Neurodiversity!
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