We are a family owned and operated business. We have 3 children, of which 2 are on the Autism spectrum, one of whom also has a severe speech impairment.
It was in 2012 that our younger son was diagnosed as ‘non verbal autistic’ and even though we had very little knowledge of Autism prior to that, we embraced being a special needs family and work hard every day to ensure all of our children are equipped for the day ahead.
Early in 2016 our occupational therapist, along with the school suggested we buy some fidget toys for one of our children to assist with his growing frustrations at school. We purchased a pack of items online and some worked for him and some didn’t, some of which we stock in our store today. We also had an incident around 2015 where because one of the kids was constantly putting things in his mouth without even realising he was doing it, he inhaled a little plastic toy. And so he was sent to the Royal Children’s in Melbourne to have it removed under general anaesthetic. It was one of the nurses there that introduced us to chewy toys, and it worked amazingly!
Initially in opening the shop, we decided we wanted to support the families of Bendigo to have a place they could come to and be able to see and touch the items, just as our son wanted to do and the frustration of having to purchase so many items when some he has never used is how the idea of Fidget Kids was born. Somewhere that you can purchase the items that will work for you and your children. And we wanted to do so in a place where you could feel comfortable and safe - we have been on the receiving end of the judgemental part of society.
Unfortunately due to COVID-19 we have had to change to online sales only but rest assured our products are of fantastic quality and at great prices and we are confident you will find what you need in our collection. And since moving to online sales, we have been selling more & more Australia wide, which is a great feeling knowing that we are helping so many special needs families around the country.
We have a fantastic range of fidget toys, sensory toys, chewy/oral toys and much more. We have a great range of products, but if there is an item you are looking for that we don’t yet have, let us know and we will do our best to source the item for you.
My name is Leanne and I hope we can do our best to help our fellow special needs families.