Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Fidgets.....do you use them?

This year was my second year at the elementary level. One item that I find I am using more and more for my students who struggle with attention and movement is a fidget. I have experimented with all kinds of objects including small squeeze balls, balloons filled with flour or rice, erasers, small rubber toys. If it is small, doesn't make noise and can stay in the hands of one of my students, well then in my eyes, we have a fidget!

I have found that the biggest problem with the fidget is that it can quickly become a distraction to the classroom and other students if I don't take time to teach my students how to use a fidget properly. This, my friends, is when the fidget rules were created. I found a 3 or 4 page social story online, but have since lost the link. I decided that I needed a one page sheet that I could read to my students and give copies to the general education teachers and instructional assistants as well.

Here is a copy! I will be posting it on TPT soon so that you can download it. Tell me what you think! I considered adding pictures of items that could be a fidget, but decided that I wanted the story to be read quickly and not have a lot of distractions on it. Hope you find this useful!


  1. Hi Mrs Parsons

    Did you post your fidget rules on TPT? I have a student I'd love to give this to!

    Thanks so much!

    1. Found it! Thanks!


    2. am creating something similar to what you have created. Have these rules been successfully? Anything you would add? This is so needed in our schools!