The act of fidgeting is something we all do from time to time, either unconsciously or from boredom or stress. The repetitive nature of fidgeting can be soothing as it helps ease anxiety or distress.
Individuals who struggle with Alzheimer's, dementia or are on the autism spectrum may develop tendencies to fidget such as pulling or rubbing at clothes, rubbing hands together or twisting their fingers. For those with these conditions, it can be a sign of distress, agitation and anxiety.
They need an opportunity to engage their hands and have sensory stimulation.
Fidget Blankets (Activity Blankets)
Activity tools such as activity blankets (fidget blankets) have several objects/activities attached to it which provide sensory stimulation in a safe and effective manner. These are simple touch-based activities to keep restless hands engaged in soothing activities. In doing so, the individual will experience reduced anxiety and calmer nerves. It has also been shown to assist in better sleep.
No matter what the activity, remember that the goal is to keep the user’s hands engaged in something that’s fun and soothing for them. However, each individual finds comfort in different ways. For example, some tend to put things in their mouths, or others may like to tie strings around fingers (or necks!). So it’s important to notice these types of tendencies and avoid anything that could be dangerous for them.
We recommend Mini & Wish Fidget Blanket
Mini & Wish Fidget Blanket is a 38cm x 60cm lap-size fidget activity blanket that provides sensory stimulation for restless hands. Can be used as a blanket, or it’s pillow slip design allows you to insert a weighted pad or heat pack for additional comfort.
- NDIS Funded
- 6 diverse activities designed to engage fidgeting behaviours in a safe and calming way
- Zip open/close
- Crinkle lift flap with button loop closure
- Lace Up
- Ribbon loops
- Ribbon strips
- Durable stitching for a lasting product
- Foldable and easy to store when not in use
- Suitable for those who use wheelchairs or who may be confined to one position
Shop a Mini & Wish Fidget Blanket for your loved one here.