You see these toys, ostensibly created to help kids fidgety concentrate, everywhere now.
Like Jessi Cash, Rebecca Plaisance fought to get fidget toys added to her 12-year-old son’s IEP, as they help with his fine motor issues and decramp his hands for writing.
Howe said there are some teachers at other schools who do allow them in the classroom.
Schools in other states, including Minnesota and MA, have also banned fidget spinners.
Howe said they have all different sizes and colors in stock at the Learning Post and wanted to remind everyone they are not just for kids.
Fidget Spinners, Fidget Cubes, Fidget Toys – they are starting to appear everywhere now.
“I’ve even heard in China (where they are made) that they are running low on ball bearings because of it”.
It can even help those who have ADHD, autism, and anxiety.
“(A fidget toy) helps them calm down and regulate their bodies”, Smestad says.
“We’ve sold hundreds, probably close to thousands”, Learning Express employee Tracy Carr said. “I could see banning cellphones or other things that keep them not doing school work“. And at the time I didn’t know about fidgeting. “These are just toys and actually serve as a big distraction for kids with ADHD in my opinion”. Kids will collect, trade or do tricks with them.
“The kids love them, and to be honest, so do I”, Gatliff said.
But Shapiro agrees that while they may keep some children focused, not every kid needs to be fingering fidget spinners in school.
“These little gadgets should be called fidget tools, not toys, and they can be part of a successful strategy for managing fidgety behavior if they are introduced as a normal part of the classroom culture”, she says.
Now, schools are fighting back against the gadgets some say are distracting and potentially harmful.