While it works for some people in some situations (purely anecdotal) it's definitely not a tool for all people with ADHD. Mainly because it assumes all of us have fidget issues. For those with inattentive issues, it at best does nothing but cause quick boredom, at worst, a hyper-focus and yet another distraction. Once again purely anecdotal commentary.
Personally, I think all the research done was market research.
I have ADHD and this shit was so annoying in class last semester. Thank god it died out really quick. When everything distracts you, a bunch of colorful things spinning really fast is just too much in a classroom.
Barely related, but I am Autistic and bought a fidget cube. Something about the distraction and ability to just "stim away" on its buttons and switches helped me focus when doing mundane things.
Marketing = you are being lied to.
Yeah that doesn't change the reason for their initial conception.
Even if scientifically it isn't the case. As i understand it the original creator made them *for that purpose* (their children i believe).
I'm not sure if that is true or not, but that is the entire claim that i heard about. Nothing concerning there being any studies or whatnot verifying the effectiveness.
Specifically fidget spinners, probably true. But there is a bucket load of genuine research into sensory stimulation tools and their use with mental, physical and behavioural conditions.
'Fidgets' have existed in the therapies world for years.
Source: my partner is a Paediatric OT and SI Practitioner.
That's like saying water is proved to hydrate you but water with a lemon in it hasn't been studied. For some kids fidgets help immensely. I know some schools have fidgets of several varieties for the kids that need them, the fidget spinner is just another kind - albeit by far the most famous/popular.
Am I the only person in the world with ADHD that LOVES the fidget spinner, and when I use it, helps a lot, but forgets to use it because I got bored with it, then lost it?
I don't have adhd but I have a fidget cube and it really helps with my anxiety
Fidgets are very much a trial and error thing anyway.
my mom is an Aide in an elementary school and there were kids that brought them in only to have them taken away. When parents would come to complain, they were told they were distractions and the parents started getting angry saying they were discriminating against their child for having attention issues and didn't really want to help them learn anything.
I also had a friend on facebook post about the same thing. That condemning fidget spinners was just actively harming people with ADHD. Her other friends called her an idiot.
I'm a hyperactive man and I know that as a kid these things would have bored the tits off me.
I much prefer a ball point pen, preferably one that clicks
Wowww I had no idea big fidget spinner had this much pull
"Focus on the fidget spinner Tweek!"
Like that stopped anything from being a fad or a pinterest cure.
Helped me to stop biting my nails as much.