Those Stress Balls for ADHD are…Balls

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keychain fidgets for kidsAnother mom wrote: “My son has inattentive ADHD. His teacher at school has had success with the ADHD kids in her room handling stress balls that they can manipulate while doing their work or thinking. Unfortunately the stress balls are just that…balls that lend themselves well to being thrown. Do you have any tips or advice on what works well or better than stress balls and where to find such items?

My first thought was to get a stress ball attached to a keychain so you could tether it to the desk, or at least a non-rolling squishy. I then remembered a teacher telling how she attached Velcro to the underside of the desk, so the kids could feel it while trying to pay attention. I also found a couple of other products that might fit the bill, the molecule balls and the spiky gloves to the right. I’ll bet there’s a product idea here for some enterprising young ADHD’er: affordable stress balls or tactile stimulators that stick to the desk. If any of you have ideas and experience, please let me know so I can pass it along to other parents.


About Kayla

Kayla Fay is a freelance writer and the mother of four boys, three of whom have been formally diagnosed with the inattentive type of ADHD. When she started “Who Put the Ketchup in the Medicine Cabinet?” in 2002, her sons were ages 8 through 14, when her life was a “progression of dirty laundry, lost homework, misunderstood Algebra, and a whole lot of love and fun”.

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