Do Fidget Spinners Help With ADHD?

There is a brand new tendency actually whirling its way to social networking, from classrooms across the world. However, is it really doing what it's advertised to do?
WTOP reports that some Fidget Spinners-- little top-like gadgets it is possible to spin quickly together with your fingers, meant to help kids concentrate -- are advertised as stress relievers on Amazon, and so are even being touted as "perfect for ADD, ADHD, stress and autism." "Fidgets are excellent tools for children who want them, provided that there are ground rules set up using the kid and teacher ahead of time, and provided that the kid can follow the rules," Maryland-based occupational therapist Katherine Ross-Keller told WTOP.

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."