A new trend has raised this 2017 among the school kids: the Fidget Spinner. This simple toy –composed of a central axis around which two or more branch rotates – has become viral, and a must-have for today’s youth. These popular toys have also brought numerous opinions for and against it, which brings the big question: Is Fidget Spinner Beneficial? Or are these just that: a toy.
Many schools in the United States of America and the United Kingdom had banned them – not only from the classrooms but the entire school campus. They argue that these artifacts aren’t more than an annoying distraction for the kids. They also say that spinner avoids children to keep their attention and get focused during the school-time, jeopardizing learning. On the other hand, many people affirm that the toy is beneficial, and can help develop many kinds of learning that and individual requires: those not related to the information processing and retaining. Here are some of these aspects.
Helps to manage stress and anxiety
When the person who employs the device concentrates on its movement, they temporarily forget about the situations that distress them. That relieves tension and decrease stress, just like the anti-stress balls do. In fact, before it became a children fetish, these were commercialized in Australia as a grown people gadget. It is recognizable as a signal of social status.
Combating attention deficit
Many testimonies from parents and therapists claim that the use of Fidgets Spinners is beneficial on individuals presenting hyperactivity and ADHD. It helps them to focus and concentrate. The child obtains from the device, the so desired constant movement. The central core is that it is easier to deal with them when an action is performed. Plus, in autism condition any sensory toy –like the spinners –is handy to distract the kid and keep him at ease. These also fill their constant needs of patterned movements or stereotypes.
“Perhaps at this point is where the greatest controversy regarding spinners lies. Children who don’t have this kind of disorder tend to distract from other activities; this is the angled stone of most teacher’s complaints.”
The use of these devices develops various motor skills in the individual. First, using the fidget stimulates three of the five senses: sight, touch and even hearing (most of these buzzes). As the main objective of the game is to maintain toy’s balance over the fingertips, a better control and fidget spinner skills is obtained. Besides, it allows a better coordination between the eyes and the hands, which is needful for playing success. Finally, the game provides development for both the muscles of hands and fingers that leads to gaining dexterity.
The first of the fidget spinner benefits is that although this is not the best physical activity, it widens the interest of children in non-electronic or online activities. The playing implies mechanical doing and attracts the attention of kids who use to spend almost all day facing their laptops, tablets or cellphones. There are many social interactions on the Internet –in social media for example –but this one is face to face.
Second is promoting the association of the children with a common interest (the fundamentals of society). They get together, share skills, play and even compete. The challenges and competitions among kids also encourage constancy, creativity and the self-improvement desire. Family can also be part of the fun including this game in a non T.V. night, allowing family activities and relationships expand.
A final word
According to the Washington Post Claire Heffron –a pediatric occupational therapist in Cleveland is opposite to the bans. She stated: “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 regular part of the classroom culture…” We can take advantages of the fidget spinner benefits or not, just depending on the attitude we take regarding the toy. No object becomes a tool unless we can see what the object can do for us. Many parents, teachers, and therapists can improve the children development with this gadget. The advantages of skill’s achievement on kids through something they like, they have fun with, and they want something we can’t miss.
Trends may pass away or stay. We don’t know yet if this new world furor will move or have come to linger. If it stays –like Internet or smartphones did –even the biggest detractors have no choice but to adapt. Whether fidgets spinners remain or not, the best we can do is –with some creativity –in use the toy to take out the best part of our children as individuals, and this is nothing more than educating.