Experts Express Conflicted Agreements And Disagreements About Fidgets And Their Impact On ADHD

Some experts believe that the answer to this question is a yes. However, no research had proven that spinners are healing devices for people suffering from anxiety, autism or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).

“I know there’s lots of similar toys … and there’s basically no scientific evidence that those things work across the board,” clinical psychologist and professor Scott Kollins said.

False Advertising?

It doesn’t mean that the parents who said that it helped their children focus at school are wrong. Nonetheless, retailers may not be telling the truth when they market these devices as cures for nervous behavior, lack of focus or uneasiness in the classroom.

“It’s important for parents and teachers who work with kids who have ADHD to know that there are very well studied and documented treatments that work, and that they’re out there, so there’s not really quick and easy fixes like buying a toy,” Kollins stated.

According to the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention, around 11% of children in the US between 4 and 17 years old have ADHD since 2011.

Consequently, the parents try to search for a solution for their kids’ illness. SO they give medications a try but eventually get attracted to such ads and marketing methods that promote these toys as a proven treatment that will help their children focus better.

Conflicted Opinions

On the one hand, there are some experts who disagree that fidget spinners can treat ADHD and on the other hand, some parents defend the devices.

“Using a spinner-like gadget is more likely to serve as a distraction than a benefit for individuals with ADHD,” Mark Rapport, a clinical psychologist and an expert in ADHD, said.

“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,” pediatric therapist in Cleveland Claire Heffron commented.