Sensory Solutions for Work, Home & School
Kaiko Fidgets is based in Melbourne, Australia and is co-founded by Kai, who is both autistic & dyslexic. The Kaiko range of discreet and noiseless fidgets is for both adults & kids to assist with mental health, anxiety & focus. Kai started making fidgets for himself, at age 11, and soon realised there was very little available. Kai (now in his teens), with the help of his Occupational Therapist mum Jo, have created designs to suit a wide range of needs.
There are some that assist with picking and harm minimisation (spikey range), rhythmic stimming (hand rollers and his chain fidgets) and soft soothing (caterpillar & caterpillar necklace). We carefully source and select additional products to compliment the range we manufacture for their ability to help, support & assist in daily life.
We are often asked where the name Kaiko came from. It’s actually the combination of Kai and his younger brother Kobi’s names – Kai – Ko. Kobi did want his full name but Kaikobi didn’t quite sound right lol. Kai’s favorite colour is orange and Kobi’s is teal – thus the logo colours.
We also really appreciate when others share any needs they have been unable to find help with, as many of the products we have developed have come into existence because someone was brave enough to chat though their specific, unmet need. Is there anything you need that you cannot find – We love coming up with new ideas!
Kai - Creator
Kai, struggles with anxiety and is both on the spectrum and dyslexic.
Kai started making fidgets in 2017 at age 11 as a result of being teased at school for using colourful, kiddie like fidgets. Determined to find something suitable and stylish for himself, he turned to metal! Soon enough, instead of being teased - he got requests for them!
Kai, together with his parents, started going to markets with them and it quickly became evident how big the need was. The rest, as they say, is HISTORY…
Whilst it’s amazing that a business has come out of his own needs the biggest thing for Kai has been IMPROVED self-esteem. This has LITERALLY changed his life.
Joanne - Co-founder & Kai’s mum
Jo is an Occupational Therapist with over 25 years’ expertise in community health, paediatrics and sensory tools. She is especially passionate about sourcing and developing appropriate sensory tools for teens and adults, with a focus on harm minimisation and emotional regulation. As someone who is both autistic and ADHD, Jo has a unique lived experience perspective that enables her to unpack and understand the sensory needs of her clients.
Known for her humorous over-sharing, Jo is a pro at living on very little sleep and has a natural talent for matching sensory needs to the right sensory supports.
Mike - Co-founder & Kai's Dad
Mike, Kai’s dad, together with Kai, is a master creator in our Melbourne based studio of the majority of our range. Together with Joanne, they source high quality, robust products and materials to create designs that are both cool and discreet. Mike also attends many of the events and markets.
Kobi - Kai's younger brother
Kobi, Kai’s younger brother, in 2020 has commenced his ‘fidget making’ apprenticeship, starting with the hexa range & is looking forward to getting more involved.
So you see it is very much a family business. It may sound ‘backyardish’ due to the age of some of our staff (lol Kai & Kobi) but I assure you their attention to detail is outstanding. We also have strict quality control measures in place to ensure all of the items we manufacture are spot on.