Fidget Spinners, are latest craze across the whole of the world from school children, all the way up to adults.
Originally made as a coping tool, they have become the new ‘in’ thing to have.
If you haven’t heard of a fidget spinner, it is a peace of metal, or plastic, that spins around a central weight disc.
The gadget was originally made for people who have ADHD, autism or anxiety.
Fidget spinners are said to provide a good sensory experience, which is likely to soothe someone coping with the above in a time that they may need it.
Controversy has surrounded fidget spinners from the moment that they became extremely popular, this including debates on whether they should be allowed in schools.
Walking into a setting where there are mostly children, you will look around and find that a good majority will have a fidget spinner in hand; some sat together trying to teach other tips and tricks, and others using them as an actual coping mechanism.
Samantha Harrison-Akers, mother of Blake, 13 who is on the autism spectrum said, “Blake has been using fidget spinners, or any type of gadget that helps with his autism since before this big craze. They help him concentrate in his lessons, by stopping him from fidgeting, leaning back in his chair, swinging his arms about.”
This shows that even thought the spinners have been banned in some schools; they have an actual function for some people, instead of just being something to play with.
When asked about what she thinks about fidget spinners being banned in schools, Samantha said “Banning fidget spinners for all children penalizes the children that they were originally made for, and they may struggle without them.”
Understandably, having students that have these gadgets in class will likely become a distraction for multiple students.
Children using fidget cubes, due to them being more discreet, could solve this.
For students with ADHD and autism, the fidget spinner craze can have a positive and negative outcome.
More children using these gadgets will make those who use them already for coping mechanisms feel as though they have something in common, and that people want to fidget with the gadgets like they do.
Commenting on the craze, Samantha found positives and negatives “In one way it is a good thing because it raises awareness to more people about what they were originally designed for…”
Samantha then went on to talk about the negatives “…I have seen cheap imitations now that it has become a craze. This may come as a problem to those with children who tend to chew things due to loose parts etc.”
Banning these across all schools may take something away from students in need, but banning them for everyone except those with a disability is a way to make them feel separated from the other students.
Overall it seems fidget spinners have a positive affect on students’ ability to concentrate and focus and quite importantly gives children with disabilities a common ground with other children.
Aside from this, it is also to understanding that if used for a different purpose, they can be a distraction.