“My ADD or ADHD students participate more actively during class when I permit them to use Boinks Fidgets,” says Melissa Collins, a third-grade teacher in Memphis, Tennessee. “They also can be used as manipulatives to help students learn.”
"A great tool for teaching social skills,” says Kim Hinton, a special education teacher in Georgetown, Kentucky, of the app, which teaches kids to navigate norms. “Virtual rewards provide immediate and positive reinforcement."
Designed by a physical therapist to teach kids about personal space, this cushion is tailor-made for wigglers and students on the autism spectrum. “The kids love the cushion,” says Sharon Acierno, a third-grade teacher in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. “It’s easy to put on a chair.”
Snap a pic and Voice reads the text aloud. “My students really enjoyed being able to read chapter books instead of looking at the pictures,” says Catherine Watkins, a significant support needs teacher in Colorado Springs.
“A great tool to add to your emotional-regulation toolbox,” says Hinton. Practice deep breathing and record worries and joys, then watch bubbles float away.
Bouncy Bands let fidgety kids move their legs and stay on-task. “Students can have their stimulation and be less distracting to others,” says Renae Wilkening, an upper-elementary resource teacher in Carter Lake, Iowa.
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