It seems like every day there’s a new trend in youth culture. Yesterday it was slime; today its fidget spinners.
Not only are these incredibly fun to play with, many are claiming they aid with certain mental disorders. ADD (Attention Deficit Disorder), ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder), depression and anxiety are a few that are often spouted.
Florida’s top psychiatrists claim otherwise though. There is absolutely no scientific backing that fidget spinners aid with these disorders. However, some individuals may notice that they help.
At the core of these toys, they seem to check the boxes for treatment. Often, especially for kids, psychiatrists create coping kits to help with anxiety and ADHD. These might include music or stress balls. Fidget spinners seem to help kids at times by distracting them from what is causing the distress. Essentially, the fidget spinner is used as an outlet for coping.
But the big issue, especially in regards to ADHD, is that these toys are just adding an extra level of distracting. For children with ADD and ADHD, it can be difficult to focus on one task at hand. Having a toy on hand will only make it that much harder. Especially since kids don’t seem to be content with just spinning them. It’s all about how many spins can you get and what tricks can you do.
There is a better case to be made for fidget spinners helping with anxiety and stress. With these disorders, a device that provides distraction is actually a good thing. It can draw an individual’s mind away from the distress. That then helps reduce the anxiety and stress they are currently feeling.
The problem with fidget spinners, according to Florida psychiatrists, is that there just isn’t any scientific research on them. Nor is there likely to be. Fidget spinners are huge now, but they’re a fad, likely to be forgotten in a few months.
Like any treatment out there, psychiatrists say you need to test what works. If you find that fidget spinners ease you or your child’s disorder then great! If they don’t then it’s time to abandon them.
It’s important to keep in mind what is appropriate, specifically for children. Fidget spinners shouldn’t be used in school, especially during class time. Even if they help your child concentrate better, chances are they are distracting another student.
The same thing goes for adults and teens. Keep fidget spinners out of classes and meetings. What’s not distracting to you can be to others. They also shouldn’t be used while driving- a point that should be obvious but should still be stated.