Show and Tell Page:

When I present at a seminar, I always have a ton of show and tell. People tend to spend a good deal of time trying to find the items they like on the Internet. I have put many of the items on this page to help you find them.

These are all linked to my affiliate account so the numbers and locations stay the same.  I will receive a small commission if you use the links below. I use the money to purchase more show and tell!


This is the air-filled disk we use in classrooms. Dr. Eggleston’s research (2017) showed a 54% decrease in off-task behaviors when students were seated on these air-filled disks. By having the students seated on these air-filled disks, it allows students to move in their seat and gain proprioceptive input. We do like to sew them into pockets so they stay attached to the chair. A simple denim pocket with ties sewn into the ends will work to keep it attached.

If you are working on a request. Here is the sit to stand student desk we like. Our preliminary research showed improvements in on-task behavior when students were allowed to choose to stand or sit based on their individual needs. Amazon is a vendor on

This is the heart rate monitoring watch we use with students to help them self-regulate. We have a seven-year-old student with developmental disabilities who knows when there are three numbers on the watch, he goes over to his calming spot and practices his breathing till there are only two numbers on the watch. It would be an age-appropriate tool for all students because it looks like an ordinary watch. They put their index finger on the sensor and it tells them what their heart rate is.  

Blue Vinyl Beanbag Chair for your Calming Corner. We like the vinyl because it absorbs the coolness from the floor and helps cool the student down when their inner engine is heating up.

This is the Pilates Ball that many teachers use in their classrooms for flexible seating- but it has a twist. This one has legs so it doesn’t roll away. It was on sale at the time of this posting:

This is the diffuser we use. The students like vetiver. You can use any scent you like. Many people like lavender.

Vetiver Essential Oil–

Lavender Essential Oil–


Sixty beats per minute music. This CD is Classical Music. We use this as calming music to bring heart rates down in the classroom.


This is the silent timer vibrating watch I showed during the seminar. You can set it to vibrate at any time interval you choose. It vibrates for two seconds and then automatically snoozes for the next time segment. This is helpful for students with self-regulation needs.

Foot Fidgets made from pool noodles. We like to get them when they are on clearance at the end of the season at discount stores. If you are looking for one- offseason. Here is the least expensive one I could find.     We cut the pool noodle into five segments and run a pantyhose leg through the middle. To make it last all year, put duct tape across each end of the pool noodle. This is more economical than using physical therapy banding.

This is the artificial grass bath mat I showed. You can cut it into 2-inch by 2-inch squares for individual fidget tools or use it as a weighted lap pad for students who need sensory input.

This is a Time Timer. It’s a great way to help students who are “blind” to time see that time is disappearing. As time passes, the red on the timer disappears.

This is the block timer I use during seminars for breaks. All you have to do it turn it over to zero and it stops the timer. Then you can turn it so that any of the time frames are facing up and it will countdown 10 minutes, 15 minutes etc.

For those of you who have taken my Functional Behavior Assessment Data Course, here is an inexpensive sports clicker. You can keep this in your pocket to discretely count behaviors for your intervention and follow-up data counting.

Want to make it more fun to review for tests? Divide your class into four teams and give each team a buzzer. Ask the review questions and take the first correct answer. These class buzzers will make it fun to review.

Group Contingency- Group Reinforcement. We use Mr. Potato Head while working on replacement behaviors for the whole classroom. For instance, if you are working on blurting: 1) teach the students a simple command such as the teacher raises his or her hand when he or she wants the students to raise their hands and wait to be called on. If the teacher wants everyone to call out the answer, he or she signals by spreading their arms apart to signal all can call out the answers. Every time the students follow the directions, you add a piece to your group contingency piece- like Mr. Potato Head. When Mr. Potato Head gets put together the class earns a reinforcer.

Here’s another Group-Contingency/Group Reinforcer. Any of the Melissa and Doug Food sets like this cookie sheet will work.

For students with oral sensory needs, we like this Chewelry. It is worn like a bracelet but is indestructible if they chew on it. It looks age appropriate for older students because it just looks like a bracelet.

These are some quiet fidget tools that fit my rules: 1) must be quiet, 2) must stay with you, 3) must be one-handed, and 4) must help you pay attention:

Here’s one I show and adults love- it’s silicone sponges.  People take it out of the package and keep it until the end of the presentation, so I know they like it 🙂

Smaller silicone sponges: These are the smaller versions and quite popular when I pass around appropriate fidget tools: Smaller version used for make-up


My favorite age-appropriate fidget tools. These are peel and stick bathtub appliques.  They have a rough texture and make a nice fidget tools. You can place them under the desk in every classroom even for secondary students. No one knows it’s under the desk and it gives them a one-handed fidget tool during class time.

This is the locker carpet I share. It can also be cut into two-inch by two-inch squares for individual fidget tools.

These are fidget marbles sewn into a tube. They are quiet and one-handed. I do have to warn you that one adult in my seminar was able to get the marble worked out of the tube. I wouldn’t recommend these for students who put things in their mouth..

These are the porcupine balls I usually give out at all my seminars. Many have asked where I get them. I found them on Amazon.

Squeeze a bean- peapods. Everyone always likes this one when I pass around the bag of appropriate fidgets

Mermaid Bracelet– This is a bracelet with reversing sequins. The student wears it and uses it when they need to calm down. It could also just be fastened to the front of a notebook and a cheaper alternative to the next item (the spiral notebook).

I have adults beg me for this one- it is a sequin reversing spiral notebook.

Target has a whole line of adaptive clothing.  Just type in “adaptive clothing” in the search.


Books From Dr.Riffel

If you are implementing a Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) system in your school, this book will give you plenty of tier two ideas.

If you are looking for tier three strategies for students with intensive needs, this book is filled with examples for you.

This is the first book of a two-part series. Duct Tape is not a Behavioral Intervention.  It was written as a classroom management intervention tool.

This book is filled with non-medicated interventions you can use with students who have ADHD. Great resource for classroom teachers.

More books by Dr. Riffel available at

Books from other authors you might enjoy:

Happy Class: The Practical Guide to Classroom Management by Dr. Jenna Pollard Sage

Design and Deliver: Planning and Teaching Using Universal Design for Learning by Dr. Loui Lord Nelson

Data Collection Toolkit by Cindy Golden  (filled with forms and tools you can copy and use).

Julia Cook Books on Social Emotional Learning:

I Just Don’t Like the Sound of No! My Story About Accepting No for an Answer and Disagreeing the Right Way!

But It’s Not My Fault

My Mouth is a Volcano

Personal Space Camp

Decibella and Her Six-Inch Voice

The Anti-Test Anxiety Society