Top Toys/Gadgets for Calming & Redirection
When children feel out of control, emotions become hard to regulate. It is our job to help them calm down and cope rather than try to correct the behavior. The main focus is on redirecting these feelings and helping them understand that they are temporary, although they feel very big and threatening.
These feelings can be fearful, anger, over excited, anticipation, sad, and can present in many ways (lashing out, being shy, crying, running away, etc...) Naming these feelings and what they do to our bodies (stomach ache, shaking, feeling hot/cold) is helpful in helping the child recognize them on their own in the future.
These feelings are appropriate, and very real. It is important to let the child know you understand they feel this way, and that it is okay. Each time your child successfully works through feelings with positive coping techniques, their brain starts to learn how to self cope and redirect. Having a safe spot, or a go to toy is an excellent foundation for helping create positive coping resources.
Below are a few items that may help your child during stressful moments, you will notice they are all sensory toys which helps with redirecting those big feelings. These toys can be used while talking about their feelings, or even carried on them throughout the day so they can deploy as the learn to recognize these big feelings coming on! You can keep these items in a special "calm" box that can be accessed easily by the child. If you anticipate stress building, you can suggest that they find their box, and select a toy while you read a book, or play music for them in their own calm down area (My children both have "happy" swings in their rooms, they usually retreat to them as their safe place.) It is important to make it clear that this is not a time out, they should not be punished for their feelings.
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Sensory Marble Maze Mat: Awesome toy to have on hand! The child focuses on directing the marbles inside the soft blanket through the maze. SENSORY THERAPY😊 This fidget marble maze toy is another great way to de-stress, focus and develop fine motor skills. A marble mat has been placed between layers of fabric and is pushed around the rows with up and down manner.
Monkey Noodles: Stretch, pull, twirl, wrap and squeeze them - then watch them bounce back to their original shape! They're perfect for sensory and tactile stimulation
Warmies: Fully microwavable plush soft toy that meets all U.S. safety standards for all ages.Filled with all-natural grain and dried French Lavender to provide soothing warmth and comfort. These are also comforting for sick littles to snuggle with!
Bubble Timers: These liquid motion bubble timer makes the perfect sensory toys for autistic kids, having a very appeasing and mesmerizing effect and actually help kids with sensory or hyperactivity issues. These are awesome for helping reset! (Link for diamond shaped one)
Stretch Balls: Our anti-stress balls can help you and your kids develop fine motor skills, become more creative and improve problem solving situations. You can take them along everywhere you go, either in the work office, after sports games, while sitting in class or going for a walk in the park. Keep an extra one in your backpack, stroller and glove compartment just in case you need instant calming!
Sequin Pets: Meet Happy the Hedgehog! This little critter comes ready to craft, pet and cuddle. Decorate with reusable stickers and pet your worries away! Reversible sequin material on Happy the Hedgehog's back brings hours of fun creating color changing sequin art designs.
Clip Connect: With about 100 bold and brightly colored pieces to choose from, the options are endless. Build flowers, animals, cars, worlds and more by clicking pieces in place.
Magnetic Fidget Sculpture: Fidgets are a self-regulation tool used with children who have a difficult time sitting still or focusing. Fidgets help promote focus and concentration, and keep the body (fingers) busy so they can still sit and focus!
Mini Fidget Sequin Pillow: This Mermaid Sequin Pillow, Elastic 'strap' to help hold the fidget while playing.
Sensory Rice Mini Kit: This Sensory Rice kit is great for developing fine motor skills, imaginative play, having fun and calming down.
Arctic Brain Doh Kit: This Brain Doh kit is great for developing fine motor skills, imaginative play, having fun and calming down. Our dough is super soft and homemade (please message if you'd like our ingredients list,) it is also scented for the full sensory experience!
Moving Sand Art: Continuous flow of sand painting, can alleviate pressure and relieve eye fatigue, suitable for office workers, students and people who work long hours in front of the computer.
Sensory Bubble Tube: These are a pricey addition to your calming space, but totally worth it. The remote option can really help the child feel back in control as they toggle between their favorite colors. This Sensory bubbler stands nearly 4ft tall! Watch as colorful fish bob up and down the water tube, waving their mechanical tails and interacting with the streaming bubbles in an incredibly lifelike way - all on a soothing backdrop of color-changing LED ambiance. My children really enjoy ours!
Calming LED Jelly Fish Lamp: These are a great alternative price wise to the Led Bubbler lamp above. The same concept applies.
My Moods My Choices Flipbook: This is a helpful learning tool for ANY child, particularly those in preschool, kindergarten and elementary school. Also, the flipbook is helpful for children with Autism, ADHD, or special needs. It's perfect for displaying at home, school, and counseling offices.
CBT 123 Game: uses Cognitive Behavioral Therapy to teach kids how their thoughts, feelings, and behaviors are connected
Kinetic Sand: Endless educational creative fun: stimulate children's imagination and enhance their manipulative ability using the 4 sand raking tools and 5 molds. Soft, easy to shape or sculpt with hands or molds that impressively holds its shape and incredible detail. Since it never dries out or hardens, you can build again and again! The Kinetic Sand folding sand box features a contained play space for easy clean up and storage!
Calming Arctic Sensory Rice: Rice is perfect for sensory play! Our sensory kits allow children to learn through play.
Wooden Puzzles: kids can try to build what is shown on the cards or create their own designs, great for developing spatial awareness, color & shape recognition, hand-eye coordination, and problem-solving!
Slide Logic Puzzle Board: You have to move in certain way so the color can go as you wish. It's a very intelligent, fun and interesting game that everyone can play and stimulate your brain. You can leave out the timer to make this a calmer game!
Dots and Mazes Activity Book: Social and Communication Skills, Logical Reasoning, Social and Communication, Decision Making, Writing.
Mental Blox: Stack, pattern and match the Multicolor shapes, but don't be fooled by these endlessly enjoyable blocks mean Brain-boosting businessMental Blix help children practice following verbal instructions, asking questions and build critical thinking skills. Activity cards provide children with examples of what to build.
Magnetic Memo Game: Stimulating and motivating short term memory skills that keeps kids on their toes and thinking in different ways.
Infinity Fidget Cube: This fidget toy helps a lot in relieving stress, combating anxiety as well as reducing effects of ADD, ADHD, and autism. Lessen fidgeting by just flipping and folding this silent toy. It will aid you whether you’re fidgeting, studying, and thinking.
Beadeez Jumbo Water Bead Ball: Calming Sensory Stimulation Toy – These fun, squeezable gel stress balls contain soft jelly water beads that can be squished, squeezed, and pulled to help relieve stress or anxiety, promote focus and calmness, and help reduce tension.
Magnetic Slime: This hand putty is really magnetic, can be pulled freely and faster Magnetic putty can be stretched and bounced like rubber, shaped and sculpted like clay,lots of fun for you!
Weighted Blanket: Based on the principle of “deep touch pressure”, the Roore weighted blankets also may help you fall asleep faster & sleep better throughout the night as the blanket gives you a warm and gentle pressure which mimics the feeling of being held & hugged.
Magnaton Magnetic Blocks: Magnaton Magnetic Toy Bricks inspire creativity, brain development shape recognition and motor skills while developing your kid’s problem-solving skills, logical thinking and math reasoning. Perfect for use at home, in schools and day care centers.
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