I’m sure that by now, everyone has heard of the fidget spinner. A fidget spinner is a small handheld device, usually made of plastic, with two or three bars and a central axis. It is typically held between the thumb and middle finger and made to spin, similar to a ceiling fan when flicked. This new toy has been sweeping the nation, gaining popularity in elementary and middle schools, as well as with adults, all over the country. Not only are fidget spinners inexpensive, and quite fun to look at, they also could have certain health benefits with adults and children with ADHD, autism, and anxiety.
There is no real evidence that the fidget spinner will actually help people with these conditions, as the toy is too new for a real study to have been done. However, fidget toys and sensory devices have been around for several years and have been recommended by occupational therapists to help with these conditions. Sensory devices, and fidget toys can calm and help to focus adults and children who have autism, ADHD, and anxiety by occupying their hands and allowing controlled and predictable movement.
It is believed that fidgeting may engage parts of your brain that may otherwise distract the rest of your brain with random thoughts. Using a fidgeting device, such as a fidget spinner, may prevent the mind from being occupied by obsessive and distracting thoughts, helping one focus on the task they should be focused on.
Similarly, some people, especially those with ADHD, there is a constant need for stimulation. The fidgeting with a device, such as a fidget spinner, can fill that need, allowing the individual to focus on what they want to focus on.
Fidget spinners may also help decrease anxiety by taking away the focus from tension and redirecting it to the spinner. They also provide calming visual stimulation, as they are predictable in their speed and direction. People may find security and confidence in their predictability and familiarity, and help restore control to an individual in situations that they may perceive as being out of control.
Fidget spinners can also help with social interaction. They come in a wide variety of colors and patterns, some even light up, and they are very interesting to look at. Naturally, people will become curious and will want to start up a conversation about them. This, of course, helps initiate social interaction to those who wouldn’t normally seek it out on their own.
But fidget spinners can help more than those with ADHD, Anxiety, and Autism. Everyone fidgets, whether it be clicking a pen, twirling hair, or twirling paperclips. Bit some fidgets can become bad habits, such a biting your nails, or the repetitive motion of smoking. Using a device made for the sole purpose of fidgeting may be beneficial in quitting those habits. Fidget spinners give your hands something else to do and may help one quit smoking, or even spend some time away from cell phones.
Although none of this has been proven in scientific studies, they can still prove to be beneficial to many people. Since everyone is different, what works for one may not work for another. However, fidget spinners are fairly inexpensive and very fun to look at. In the end, judging by its popularity, it must be quite beneficial to many.