The Great Fidget Spinner Debate

If you have a school-aged child, you’re more than familiar with fidget spinners, the three- or four-armed gadgets that spin mesmerizingly on a central axis. Chances are, you’ve had to buy more than one for your child, since they’ve become highly coveted, collectible objects that they get to show off to their classmates. The question is, should fidget spinners be allowed in school? Are they really helping your child focus? Ever since the fidget spinner craze hit the U.S. earlier this year, this issue has been at the top of the lists for school administrators, teachers, and parents and has led some schools to ban the gadgets from classrooms.

Do Fidget Spinners Help Your Child Focus?

While fidget spinners have been heavily marketed as effective tools to combat ADHD, anxiety, and even PTSD, do they really have the therapeutic value that they promise? Scott Kollins, a clinical psychologist at Duke University, told NPR that “there’s no evidence to support that claim.” There are currently no peer-reviewed studies that show that fidget spinners help school-aged children learn, whether or not they have ADHD. This makes it simple to consider fidget spinner pros and cons in a school setting, as there aren’t really any pros.

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