Margaret Light, founder of Twiddle®, created the prototype activity/comfort aid for her beloved grandmother Lily in 1997.
Throughout her life, Lily had been marvelous with her hands. She loved creating beautiful knitted sweaters, delicate embroidery and award-winning recipes. As she aged, Lily’s eyesight began to fade, and those wonderful hands became idle and chilled. The Twiddle gave Lily’s inquisitive hands something to keep them active, engaged and warm. Lily was also reminded of how much she was loved, even when Margaret couldn’t be with her.
Twiddles® are soft, therapeutic aids that can also help those on the Autism spectrum or a variety of other needs.
At any age, people with autism need help making the right neurological connection to find the “just-right” zone in their world. Providing comfort or activity as needed, Twiddles assist in organizing tactile, visual and auditory input. They’re also a way of expanding someone’s personal space, and a wonderful distraction. For those with ADHD, Twiddles encourage repetitive tactile stimulation that can help reduce agitation and distractibility, provide a calming effect along with enjoyable activities, and maintain attention and appropriate behavior for tasks and activities.
Vicki and Barney
Cuddly and playful, Twiddles make a reassuring addition to a caregiver’s behavior modification resources. Each Twiddle is made from a cozy, durable fabric. Four different fidget attachments help comfort or engage people of all ages and neurological profiles, whether they avoid or are drawn to sensory input. Tethered inside is a flexible, soft-plastic orbit ball.