Are Fidget Spinners Just a Trend?

 

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You don’t have to have kids to know of the latest must-have toy that has been selling out worldwide-the fidget spinner. This toy has driven parents crazy, as they are asked (or pestered if we are being honest here) to trek all over toy stores and convenience stores to find this popular item. So is that spinner in your child’s hand the latest fad or a device that can improve his/her attention?

WHAT IS A FIDGET SPINNER?

This toy is made up of three arms joined in the middle by a spinning disk. The idea is that this toy can keep a person’s hands busy which then, in turn, helps their mind remain focused on the topic or task at hand.

THE BENEFITS OF THE FIDGET SPINNER

  • Those diagnosed with ADHD have seen results in improved concentration and cognitive performance-when “fidgeting.”
  • Children performed better on assigned tasks when able to fidget, than those that could not.
  • Children, with ADHD, could better think through and solve problems, when fidgeting
  • They are unobtrusive and don’t make noise

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CAN FIDGETS BE A DISTRACTION? 

While there are benefits to owning a fidget spinner, especially for children diagnosed with ADHD or other attention deficits, there is a downside. Fidgets have become a distraction in the classroom-as anyone can purchase this new fad. Fidgets have been thrown in classrooms or used as collectibles for trading at inappropriate times. This has caused a disturbance in the classroom, and some school districts have even gone as far as altogether banning these toys.

WHAT IS THE BEST USE OF FIDGETS IN THE CLASSROOM?

  • Kept in a basket or some container to hand out to children who have attention problems.
  • Students can use them when taking a test or working on various assignments where focus is needed.
  • Works well in mainstream classrooms-as they are discreet and don’t make any noise. Students who don’t want to draw attention to themselves would prefer these types of toys.

SHOULD YOU GIVE YOUR CHILD A FIDGET?

Not every fidget is appropriate for school and not every child will benefit from this popular item. Parents should have their children test out a few different items (maybe while they’re doing homework) and see what fidget best fits the child’s needs.

CONSIDERATIONS TO KEEP IN MIND  

  • How big is the fidget?
  • Does it have any sharp edges or other dangerous attachments?
  • Is it quiet?
  • What is the school’s policy on fidget spinners?

* National Resource Center on ADHD. (2017, June 15). Are Fidget Toys Just a Popular Fad? ADHD Weekly. Retrieved from http://www.chadd.org/Understanding-ADHD/About-ADHD/ADHD-Weekly/Article.aspx?id=338

 

Should kindergarten children be reading or playing?

In a  new study, a comprehensive 20-year examination of 800 children from kindergarten through their mid-20s published  in the American Journal of Public Health, found a link between a child’s social skills in kindergarten and how well they were doing in early adulthood.
Children who were helpful and shared in kindergarten were more likely to have graduated college and have a full-time job at age 25. The children who had problems resolving conflicts, sharing, cooperating and listening as kindergartners were less likely to have finished high school and college, and were more likely to have substance abuse problems and run-ins with the law.
The findings are “huge” when it comes to the thinking about how brain health impacts a person’s overall health, said Kristin Schubert, program director for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, which funded the research.
Here are some things you can do to help your child if they are having problems in pre-school or kindergarten:
  • Ask the teacher to pair them with compatible peers
  • Encourage your child to share
  • Do not “punish” them by keeping them away from play time; rather :”teach” them by having them work on a project with a peer
  • Don’t worry about the academics; most kids catch up before long
  • Old fashioned games like: Red Light/Green Light, Simon Says and Freeze tag are great for teaching emotional and physical control

For every one-point increase in a child’s social competency score in kindergarten, they were twice as likely to obtain a college degree, and 46% more likely to have a full-time job by age 25.