OH teacher using fidget spinners for science lessons

Claudine Rigal
Mai 12, 2017

JennJarmula, an elementary- and middle-school teacher in Chicago, recently hung a sign outside her classroom. They've existed in some form since 1993, but lately they've grown so popular that retailers can barely keep them in stock. FSA also is the official sanctioning body of the World Fidget Spinner Championships, scheduled to be held in New York City in September of 2017.

"They're definitely becoming more of a distraction in our environment", said Gallegos.

So much so, that of Amazon's top 20 best-selling toys right now, 19 of them are fidget-related (e.g. spinners or cubes).

They can be a helpful tool for students with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder or sensory issues who like to keep their hands busy with squeeze balls, stretchy bands or spinners while they concentrate on a lesson.

It hasn't been all fun and games for Fidget Spinner fans, however.

Fidget spinners and fidget cubes are small plastic objects designed for children who have trouble paying attention, but they've now become a fad that's spinning out of control in classrooms. She began imagining the spinner while visiting her sister in Israel. She can play with it or not. Claire Heffron, a pediatric occupational therapist in Cleveland, told the Atlanta Journal Constitution that the spinners "can be part of a successful strategy for managing fidgety behavior if they are introduced as a normal part of the classroom culture". Principals say they're leaving that choice to each teacher because every kid is different and, really, they want to do whatever they can to help each of the students learn.

"Most of the ones I've seen haven't been a problem, but ... we've had a few that had to be taken away for the day", she said. It's ridiculous and a complete waste of iPhones, but hey, sometimes you just need to fidget with something.

How does it help kids with ADHD?

Has your child got one yet? This old-school sort of toy can also be found at G. Willikers! They have plenty of stuff to play with plus brains in their heads. Her work revealed that students with ADHD performed better on a computerized attention test the more intensely they fidgeted.

Fidget toys are not new. With fidget spinners, kids essentially outsource the action.

"Some of the kids here, they just have to have a little bit of movement, so we do that", said Ann Welborn, director of the school.

I have one of those kids. "Many parents are desperate", says Rapport. "They're looking for magic".

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