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Why should I do it?

  • Some students require the need for outside stimulus to help them maintain focus
  • Anxious students can benefit from stress balls and fidgets as a coping mechanism
  • Hyperactive students can benefit from keeping their hands busy and off other students and objects

 When should I do it?

  • When a student has difficulty staying in seat, is overly fidgety, hyperactive, always grabbing and playing with objects around them, chewing on pencils and pens a lot, etc
  • When a student is anxious, nervous, etc

How do I do it?

  • Explain to a student in private that they will receive a stress ball or fidget to use when they are unfocused, nervous, anxious, feeling fidgety, hyper, etc
  • Tell the student this will help them to focus better or get through feelings of anxiety or nervousness
  • Tell the student the appropriate and inappropriate uses of the stress ball and fidget
  • You may either allow the student to keep the item in their desk or keep it in a certain spot where they can retrieve it from when needed or as part of a routine, for example, in the morning and afternoon
  • If other students in the class ask about the item or want one too, explain to the class why the student has it and that it is only for that student to use