But how could they help those with ADHD? Crista Hopp, an ADHD coach located in Virginia, told WTOP that "when hands or another body part is moving, a person is in a position to focus more on the things they want to." That is not to say everyone agrees the toys are valuable in a curative sense. "The spinner toys, I think, and that of teachers I Have spoken to, are simply that -- toys," according to another Maryland-based occupational therapist Stephen Poss. Fidget Spinners, a kind of "fidget thing," could really be counterproductive.
"Fidget things are intended to be felt, to ensure visual attention may be concentrated on the teacher," he continued to WTOP. "Spinner toys are visually distracting, and that I believe that is their important drawback." It's not just kids getting in on the fidget-spinner craze either. "It is very fulfilling to hold this spinning, whirring toy between your fingers," according to a blog post from North Carolina-based science teacher Beth Harris. "Part with this is the tiny resistance you feel when turning the spinner from side to side. Everything you feel is really the angular inertia of the spinning toy."