Are these ball-bearing devices truly an antidote for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, anxiety, and autism? Or are they low-cost toys designed to drive teachers insane? Promotions for fidget spinners tout increased concentration for individuals with anxiety, autism, and ADHD. One marketing campaign suggests that a spinner may also “bring out the creative genius lying deep within you.” Okay, that is tempting.
My teacher instinct tells me that the place for fidget spinners is in the home, not at school. I actually brought up the topic of spinners during a recent dinner with teaching pals. The response was instant—cranky faces all around. What’s your take on this latest craze?
If you’re unfamiliar with the spinners, click here for an article from Live Science. Or you can simply google “fidget spinners” and you’ll find a surplus of reading material.
Eager to hear from you!