Focus on Fidgets
Focusing in the classroom can be difficult for students with autism spectrum disorders or ADHD
. When sensory or activity needs are not met, stressful outbreaks can occur.
Fidgets objects, Chewable Jewelry, are great tools to help students meet their sensory needs. Others may try Weighted Lap Pads to feel more pressure and relax.
Fidgeting Foot Bands
keep legs busy so the student can get satisfy motor needs without distracting the class.
Many tests hav
e proven that movement actually helps students learn as opposed to causing distractions.
has a great short article on
and how they can actually help in classrooms.
Fidget toys do not have to be expensive and, in fact, you can make them from your very own home!
has provided a PDF document "
45 ideas for classroom friendly fidget toys
" that gives some great ideas for homemade fidgets.
Individuals with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) may need extra assistance to control and manage stress.
There are many
stress relieving technologies
to help individuals with PTSD positively manage their stress. While PTSD does not just occur in veterans, many technologies are supported by the Veterans Administration. For example, the
app provides information about professional care, knowledge about PTSD, a self-assessment, ways to find support, and management tools that include self-help strategies.
There are also specialized service dogs that bring individuals with PTSD out of flashbacks and back into the present.
Royal Dutch Guide Dog Foundation
eveloped a very moving 35-second about these amazing animals. Visit Service Dogs of Alabama for more information on veteran service dogs.