Friday, May 12, 2017

fidget quilt

Lately, there has been much talk about the "Fidget' Spinners that kids
are collecting.  Some schools allow them to be in the classrooms in order
to hold the child's attention.  There are some good things to be said and
there are some bad things, but right now, the topic is "Fidgets"

Fidgets can be a very effective and helpful self-regulation tool! Use fidgets and sensory balls for calming and alerting, to promote focusing and concentration, decrease stress, increase tactile awareness of fingers/hands (through proprioceptive input), and as a way to keep fidgeting fingers busy! Fidget toys can also provide a fun way to strengthen hands and "warm-up" fingers before handwriting activities and fine motor skill tasks. Sensory balls are a favorite OT sensory diet tool, make a fun gift, and are one of many fidget toys that can help relieve stress! We also have silent fidgets for the classroom, quiet fidget toys, and fidgets for feet that can help improve concentration and focus, and lots of great office and desk toys that relieve stress and keep minds alert at work.

And if you thought that "Fidgets" were only for children and teens, think again!

 or Activity blanket is a lap quilt, mat or blanket that provides sensory and tactile stimulation for restless or fidgety hands of someone with Alzheimer's or related Dementias.

ideas and suggestions on how to make one of these touchy quilts.
Locally, you might find that your quilt shop has a Fidget group.

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