Things To Note Before You Buy Your Child A Fidget Spinner

June 7th, 2017

Designed by Florida inventor Catherine Hettinger in the 1990s, the fidget spinner has recently become a fad after YouTubers garnered millions of views by performing tricks with them. Before you give in to your child’s pleas to own one, here are some things to note about the three-pronged palm-sized plastic device. They may help Some manufacturers are touting the therapeutic benefits these spinners have on students with autism, anxiety and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). These spinners were initially intended as a way for these kids to express their need to move freely in order for the brain to produce dopamine, which helps concentration, learning and memory. However, only anecdotal evidence surrounds their alleged benefits and at least one expert has debunked the claims. But it’s not meant for everyone Fidget spinners were initially created for children with autism and ADHD. The physical act of fidgeting itself, or hyperactivity, which is known to be one of the defining symptoms of ADHD, cannot always be controlled for some of these kids and this behaviour isn’t one that should be stigmatised or mocked. A recent study in child neuropsychology found that children with ADHD concentrate much better when they fidget than when they don’t. It shouldn’t be treated as a toy As the gadget spins, it can be balanced on fingertips, toes, or even the nose or the forehead, which has led to fidget spinner stunt and tutorial-videos being posted all over YouTube. However, by treating them like toys, it downplays the importance of the tool for individuals who actually need it. At the end of the day, maybe they should be used for what they were intended for: therapy. They are disruptive in the classroom Teachers all across the world are finding that instead of concentrating during lessons, students are instead preoccupied with […]

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