We have all at one time or another over the past year come across the “fidget spinner”
The fidget spinner is not actually a new invention at all and was first invented in the 1990’s to help with ADHD and Autism. The theory behind it being that by spinning the device kids would fidget less and focus more on what was being taught in class as they doodled with the fidget spinner.
Some benefits claims about using the fidget spinners are:
- The spinning distraction of the gadget may help relieve stress
- Moving is beneficial to kinetic learners and kids with ADHD as it produces more dopamine for these children thereby helping with memory and concentration
- It allows kids to channel their attention
- Helps with the development of gross motor activity
Some downfalls to using the fidget spinner:
- The spinning is actually visually distracting and takes the child’s attention away from what is going on around them
- The noise or in some cases the flashing lights cause a distraction to others around them. The fidget spinners with flashing lights can actually cause adverse effects to those who are sensitive to that sort of light.
- It can be a potential health hazard as kids tend to use it as a toy rather than a distraction device and use it to perform various tricks.
Truth be told, there really is not enough conclusive evidence to show whether it does help with focus and concentration.
Yes, there are many ways the fidget spinner could do potential harm! But the fact remains that they are the modern equivalent of the spinning top or yo-yo. Kids are going to learn to do tricks with them and compete to see if they can outdo each other with the gadgets. They are kids and it is a really fun device you should try one if you have not already.
But like everything else you have to follow the safety advice on that comes with the device and ensure that you always use it correctly.
They now come in varying shapes, color, sizes, weight, plastic or metal.