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stability balls65cm Anti-burst Rhino Skin Stability Ball and Dual Action Hand Pump (Ages 3–12)  
We had a ball like this in our family room for years. My son sat on it, but more frequently, lay on his back and juggled the ball with his hands and feet, keeping the ball in motion for hours. Large therapy balls are also great for sitting. The constant shifting needed to stay seated stimulates a multitude of muscles and as well as the sensory systems. Many children also find it calming to lie on top of the ball—works face-down or face-up. This ball will not bleed air or pop if punctured and is weight-tested to over 1200 lbs. Ours was in almost continuous use for about four years before the kids took it out on the concrete and trashed it! Balls need to be inflated and the pump is included. Available at:


chair cushionInflatable Chair Cushion—Cando Vestibular Disc
(14 inch diameter) (Ages 3–12)
There are a variety of inflatable discs and wedges that help children to sit (relatively) still and may improve focus. I’ve had great success with this type of product. Available at:



twizzler horizSpring Swings Twizzler Fun Ride
(Ages 3 and up)
I purchased this for Sean when he was in the primary grades. This plastic spinner bar comes with nine feet of weather-resistant rope and can also be easily attached to a tree limb, swing set, or other support. We attached it to a basement ceiling beam, high enough so that Sean could lift his feet off the ground easily and spin freely. He loved to spin on it while I did the laundry, and it seemed to calm him before leaving for school. For individuals weighing up to 225 pounds (safety tested to 600 pounds). Available at:


foam scooter boardFoam Scooter Board (Ages 3 and up)
Scootering on the stomach in the ”airplane” position can strengthen extremities, improve posture, improve balance, and enhance motor planning. When my son was young, we used a small scooter board purchased by my mother in the 1950s so she could scrub the kitchen floor without leaving footprints. I have a special appreciation for these modernized scooter boards, which are much more easily maneuvered, and offer increased stability, safety, and comfort. Available at:


ladybug scooterLadybug Scooter Board (Ages 5 and up)
The Ladybug Scooter Board has six non-marring wheels for added stability. (Most scooter boards have only four wheels). It also features an oversized 15” X 19” curved seat and easy-to-grasp, raised grips that position hands away from the wheels. Available at:


As a lifetime fidgeter myself, I keep a basketful for fidgets in my office. (I pretend they are just for the kids that I see!) Fidgets can help kids to focus and stay calm. They also provide kids with an alternative to nervous habits like picking at their cuticles.


wrist squiggletsSquigglets (Ages 5 and up)
These 5 ½ inch soft and squishy bracelets come in six colors—make great fidgets.” Available at:



pencil fidgetsPencil Fidgets (Ages 6 and up)
This pencil fidget may work best when doing homework. It consists of a hollow threaded shaft that fits on the pencil and a wing nut that can be absent-mindedly twisted up and down. They come in assorted colors. Available at:



pencil chewsChewEase Pencil Toppers (Ages 6 and up)
This product may be helpful for children who chew on their sleeves, collars, pencils, and other items. It is simply a non-toxic clear tube that fits on standard pencils and most pens. Just slide it snugly down onto the eraser end of a pencil about one inch, leaving approximately two inches of tubing (extending beyond the end of the pencil) to chew on. Not for children under three (developmentally). Set of 3. Available at:



For children:

Arnie and His School Tools: Simple Sensory Solutions That Build Success.Jennifer Veenendall. Autism Asperger Publishing Company, 2008. Hardcover.  Ages 9–12. Available at:

Meghan's World: The Story of One Girl's Triumph over Sensory Processing Disorder. Diane Renna. Indigo Impressions, 2007. Hardcover. Ages 9–12. Available at

For parents:

Asperger Syndrome and Sensory Issues: Practical Solutions for Making Sense of the World, Brenda Smith Myles et al. Autism Asperger Publishing Company, 2000. Available at:

The Out-of-Sync Child Has Fun, Revised Edition: Activities for Kids with Sensory Processing Disorder. Carol Kranowitz. Perigee Trade, 2006. Paperback. Available at:

The Out-of-Sync Child: Recognizing and Coping with Sensory Processing Disorder, Carol Kranowitz. Perigee Trade, 2006. Paperback.Available at:


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