Fidget spinners: Are they helping children focus?

Bruno Cirelli
Mag 12, 2017

Costing as little as a couple of dollars, fidget spinners were originally meant to help ease symptoms of ADHD and anxiety.

Fidget spinners, a hot new toy among elementary and middle school children, are colorful plastic or metal devices that fit in the palm of your hand and feature a ball bearing that allows it to spin. Fidgets also should be part of a much larger discussion, she said, about managing behavior in classrooms and what the school day looks like for children.

"They're not really distracting to me", said fifth-grader Grace Marrero.

Parent Nikki Dye, 32, a finance and human resource administration worker, said: "They shouldn't be allowed in class if they are causing a distraction but if not then I don't see the problem". Relying on those stories to start using spinners to treat ADHD "would nearly be like saying Yelp reviews are scientific", says Anderson.

He sells about 250 of these new fidget toys every week.

For students who don't have that attention difficulty, this toy can be a distraction, hindering their concentration.

But other teachers used the topic to start classroom discussions on the cons of fidget spinners. Manhattan-based Almar Sales Co. sold an astounding 20 million fidget toys to Walmart, Toys "R" Us, Party City and others in April alone.

While the toy may not have rules, some school boards in the province are looking at whether students should have fidget spinners at schools. "Unfortunately the spinners can also take children's attention away from what they are seeing and hearing". It's ridiculous and a complete waste of iPhones, but hey, sometimes you just need to fidget with something.

They are so popular that some teachers have banned them in the classroom. "They just like them".

Kids and teens are scrambling to find them, but so too are shopkeepers.

She says the kids that come in to her store are drawn to the different colors and patterns.

"I was playing with it at my desk, and the teacher saw it, and she took it away", she said.

"There have been times when he might spin it in front of a kid's face as they're walking down the hall, so I say, 'OK, you have to keep it in your pocket until you get to class, ' " she said.

Of course, it would seem that no good thing can ever just be left alone.

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