In the world of education, there’s a fine line between being an engaged parent and an overbearing one. While it’s natural to want the best for your child, parents who make unrealistic demands of teachers and other school staff can inadvertently hinder, rather than help, their child’s progress.
Many parents ask us, “How can I be involved in my child’s school life without being overbearing?” It’s a question that underscores the need for balance. Our team of Child Psychologists shares at school practical advice for supportive, yet respectful, parental involvement.
Fidget toys are more than just playthings. They can be a lifeline for children who struggle with attention or sensory processing. By giving their hands something to do, these toys can channel your child’s physical energy in a positive way, keeping their minds clear and ready to absorb new information.
Classroom anxiety is real, and it can get in the way of your child’s ability to learn. The repetitive motion of fidgeting can be a soothing balm for nerves, easing anxiety, and helping your child to regulate emotions more easily. This calmness is a stepping stone to improved focus and participation in class.
For children with sensory processing challenges, fidget toys provide essential tactile feedback. This input helps them stay grounded and present, vital for children who might otherwise feel overwhelmed by their surroundings.
A focused child is a learning child. With distractions managed, your child is more likely to engage with lessons and classroom activities, enhancing their overall educational experience.
Embracing fidget toys in the classroom sends a message of inclusivity and understanding. It acknowledges that each child’s path to learning is unique and that different strategies work for different children.
Today’s fidget toys are designed to be discreet. They offer support without causing a stir, ensuring your child can benefit from them without distracting themselves or their classmates.
Remember, fidget toys aren’t a magic solution, but they can be a valuable part of a broader strategy to help your child focus and thrive in the classroom. Check with your child’s teacher to see what opportunities your child might have to use a fidget in the classroom.
At Kids First, our multidisciplinary team, including Child Psychologists, Speech Pathologists, Occupational Therapists, Early Intervention Specialists, and Special Educators, often includes fidget toys in our toolbox of strategies.
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