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Books, Toys, and Gadgets…Oh My! Top Gadgets, Books, and Strategies to Battle Anxiety in Young Children

Charles Spurgeon once said, “Anxiety does not empty tomorrow of its sorrows, but only empties today of its strength.” 

If you are parenting a little one with anxiety, you know all too well what this means. It is exhausting to spend so much time worrying about THEIR worrying. However, treatment for anxiety has come leaps and bounds in recent years, and the marketplace has exploded with “fidgets” and “calming sensory toys” that promise to take away your child’s anxiety. 

While we do not promise that any single book or gadget can take away the battle that is anxiety, there are a few I have personal experience with and recommend for various reasons.

Top 5 Calming Gadgets


These chew necklaces can be a lifesaver for children who chew on hair or clothing when anxious. My own son, whom I would usually not consider anxious, would begin to chew on the neck of his shirts when overstimulated. He was coming home every day with sopping wet shirts.

I ordered him these necklaces from Amazon that look like Legos, but can be chewed on. It did not make him stand out to his peers, but did provide much-needed sensory relief and saved quite a bit of clothing.

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