Fidget toys are definitely one of the latest fads when it comes to things that school kids are bringing with them that end up shoved in the teacher’s top toy drawer. But what are they, how do they work and what is the controversy? Today we’ll take a deeper look at fidget toys.
What are fidget toy spinners?
Essentially, fidget toys are small plastic toys that consist of a plastic holder and small ball bearings that are meant to be spun around in place between the child’s fingers. They were originally manufactured for children with ADHD and anxiety, allowing them a way to relieve their anxiety and stress without being too disruptive in public. They also have recently been shown to help children with autism as well, as many autistic children (and adults!) use fidget toys to help manage their tics in public and control the more obvious outbursts without embarassment.
How do they help?
Essentially, fidget toys work as stated above by providing autistic, ADHD and anxious children with an alternative activity to do with their hands. Not only does this help them take their minds off of whatever is making them anxious or triggered. Also, in most cases, the fidget toys are small and able to be used without drawing too much attention to them and whatever they are going through with their mental health. It keeps their brains focused (which can especially be a help for children with ADHD that require a different type of stimulation to keep their brains engaged while learning). In fact, children with ADHD and autism that were able to express some sort of gross motor function (moving their arms and legs) learned at a much quicker and greater rate than those forced to sit still. More details here: https://www.touchtapplay.com/fideget-spinner-finger-spinner-cheats-tips-strategy-guide-to-keep-on-spinning-ketchapp-game/
What is the controversy about?
Fidget toy spinners aren’t without controversy, however. The majority of that controversy revolves around the fact that children that don’t actually need them are catching on that they’re acceptable to bring into school and they have become “cool.” This is troublesome for teachers as they are often not aware of who needs them and who doesn’t, and don’t want to take a fidget toy away from a child with an actual medical reason to have one. This has lead to the need for children with verified medical conditions to be required to bring medical notes with them to allow them to have a fidget toy in the classroom. The other controversy is that there haven’t been a lot of studies done on these toys so whether or not they actually do help is up in the air and not proven.
If your child has asked about carrying a fidget toy with them to school, you may have wondered what it is and if it is actually of any benefit. Although there haven’t been many studies done, there has been some anecdotal proof that, at least in some cases, fidget toys for ADHD can make a positive difference in your child’s life.