Fidget Spinners: Yes or No?
2017 has been the year of the fidget spinner. There are different shapes, colours, and kids are going crazy over them.
What is a fidget toy?
Fidget toys are designed to give sensory output to individuals who need it for enhanced concentration. Not all kids (or adults) can sit perfectly still for an entire lesson and not lose focus. Some children need sensory stimulation to help them focus and not trail off.
Different fidget toys provide different sensory stimulation and the best toy for the child will depend on individual sensory needs.
Some people associate fidget toys with autism and while that is not incorrect, it is by far not the only market for fidget toys. Any child who struggle to sit still can benefit from fidget toys.
When you have your child's genetic brain profile done, you will find that we explain the stress profile as well. Any child who has a blocked profile (3 or 4 modalities that switch off during stress) can benefit from fidget toys as it prevents their brains from "switching off" in class.
Occupational therapists have been working with sensory integration for years and some even specialise in it. I asked a few occupational therapists what they think about fidget spinner in particular and the answer was the same every time: fidget spinners do not enhance concentration in an academic situation.