Did you know they can have fantastic benefits from both
an Occupational Therapy (OT) and Speech-Language Pathology (SLP) perspective? 


Occupational Therapy (OT) Speech-Language Pathology (SLP)
Some people may benefit from a fidget toy to help their motor skills and self-regulation.

This may help with:

  • Sensory processing
    e.g. touch or movement seeking
  • Self-stimming behaviours
  • Focus
  • Attention 
  • Concentration 
  • Fine motor skills
  • Dexterity
  • Tactile awareness
  • Visual perception 
  • Calming and de-stressing
  • Learning
Fidget toys can provide a fantastic opportunity for language use! 

Things to talk about: 

  • Shapes 
  • Colours
  • Counting
  • Actions
    e.g. flick, push, pull, squeeze, poke, pop, spin, flip, turn, roll etc. 
  • Attributes
    e.g. bumpy, smooth, soft, hard, slow, fast, still, moves etc. 
  • Directions
    e.g. up, down, around, side to side, left, right, front, back, top, bottom
  • Sharing
    e.g. my turn, your turn


Like any support, fidget toys need to be used in the right situations for the right person as they can be counterproductive if misused. Ask your clinician for more information!

By Laura Irvine, Speech-Language Pathologist