Learning Objectives:

  • What is the difference between a fidget toy and a learning tool?
  • How do we know if it’s the right tool for the child?
  • What is the science behind using these tools and maintaining focus in the classroom?
  • How can these learning tools help children regulate emotionally?


  • Fidget Toys or Focus Tools
  • Using Fidget Spinners to Improve On-Task Classroom Behavior for Students With ADHD, Kathleen B. Aspiranti and David M. Hulac, June 2022
  • Alderson, R. M., Rapport, M. D., Kasper, L. J., Sarver, D. E., & Kofler, M. J. (2012). Hyperactivity in boys with attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD): The association between deficient behavioral inhibition, attentional processes, and objectively measured activity. Child Neuropsychology
  • Barton EE, Reichow B, Schnitz A, Smith IC, Sherlock D. A systematic review of sensory-based treatments for children with disabilities. Research in Developmental Disabilities. (2015)


When looking to improve emotional regulation and engagement – look at a whole school approach.  This includes displays and visual aids to support the child:

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