9 Ways to Focus Right Now: Harness the Power of ADHD Fidgeting

Attention deficit children and adults can actually improve focus by multi-tasking sometimes. These secondary "fidget" activities may be the key to improving your or your child’s ADHD attention and focus.

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This facilitates focus when a child is listening, talking, or thinking about how to answer a tough essay question. Fidget toys for school or home include cool-looking pens or pencils, beaded bracelets, paper clips (they bend into interesting shapes and can be linked together), and clothes with interesting textures or doodads.

For adults at work, a small, smooth stone—a worry rock—in your pocket will allow you to fiddle without your boss or colleagues knowing. Curling your hair around a finger also works. At home, knitting or squeezing a Nerf ball can also increase attention.

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