For the past several weeks, you may have noticed a new trend popping up in toy stores, gas stations, and classrooms: Fidget Spinners. The small toy has two or three paddles in between a stable middle disc that spins like a fan or a wheel. The purpose of the toy is to focus wandering attention to something and feel relaxed.
One main audience for the spinners are young children with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) or attention deficit disorder (ADD). Using a spinner may take place of other impulsive mannerisms such as tapping pencils on a desk.
“Promoting fidgeting is a common method for managing attention regulation,” Elaine Taylor-Klaus, the co-founder of ImpactADHD, told CNN.
However, despite the mental stimulation that fidget spinners may provide for students and adults, it poses a potential problem in a classroom setting. Like other toy fads, the more popular they become, the more likely they may lose what was the original purpose. Fidget spinners have been banned from schools across the country because of the visual distraction from learning. Some spinners also may make some noise.
If you don’t let yourself be distracted by fidget toys, they can be a useful tool to calm stress and refocus negative energy. Fidget Spinners can be purchased at Hy-Vee, Amazon, and Walgreens.