Fidget spinners are little hand-held gadgets, actually invented in the 1990's, that have suddenly caught on with kids. The little toys' blades spin around a central bearing and they come in variety of styles and colours. They can be used to perform tricks and there is an initial knack to learning the basic spin.
Some psychologists tout them as a way for youngsters dealing with ADHD, autism or anxiety to relieve nervous energy and psychological stress. As this kind of tool, the fidget spinner joins a plethora of handheld devices such as fidget cubes and stress balls. These things have been allowed into classrooms as aids to concentration but some teachers are banning the fidget spinner. Why?
If you were ever a ballpoint pen "clicker"at school, this is the type of thing that the stress relieving gadgets are meant to do. The advantage of stress balls and other forms of fiddling with your hands, is that they don't require skill or your attention. The fidget spinner is a visual distraction; as you can see from the illustration, there are "tips and tricks" for its use. This implies conscious thought and once a child is distracted, it's hard to get his attention again. Stress relievers of various kinds are aids for some children (and adults) who find concentration difficult. The problem with the fidget spinner is that it's a toy. Every kid wants one at the moment. Every kid does not suffer from autism, ADHD or anxiety, hence the spinners use should be limited to outside of class. There are plenty of devices already which students employ when feeling anxious. They don't need another distraction and neither do their classmates.
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