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    Quote Originally Posted by Mod-Uniquey View Post
    Thank you for this thread, as I've been wondering the same thing!
    Do I get a gold star from the mods?

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    So the real purpose of them is to provide ASD/ADHD children with something to do physically so that they can focus/sit still?

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    Quote Originally Posted by amyd View Post
    So the real purpose of them is to provide ASD/ADHD children with something to do physically so that they can focus/sit still?
    Yes. It's really just a fad toy for every one else...

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    Quote Originally Posted by amyd View Post
    So the real purpose of them is to provide ASD/ADHD children with something to do physically so that they can focus/sit still?
    Yes, they provide sensory input that overrides the inputs preventing them from focusing (buzzing computer, scratchy carpet, etc). There seem to be good ones, which are quite heavy for their size, matte-smooth texture and don't keep spinning for long. Then the 'toy' ones that are very plasticy and spin for ages.

    IMO there are so many better fidget devices than the spinner but they're not fun to watch. It's the kids watching them that is the biggest issue (as in the nearby kids too) for me as they're a bit hypnotic.

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    Better than loom bands. Im still vacuuming them up in random areas

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    Quote Originally Posted by amyd View Post
    So the real purpose of them is to provide ASD/ADHD children with something to do physically so that they can focus/sit still?
    Sorry to take this post off-topic, but I find I can concentrate on a lecture or meeting much better if I fidget with something. Is that unusual for adults? Perhaps I should get one
    I usually volunteer to do the meeting minutes as that helps a bit.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DynamiteandaLazerBeam View Post
    Sorry to take this post off-topic, but I find I can concentrate on a lecture or meeting much better if I fidget with something. Is that unusual for adults? Perhaps I should get one
    I usually volunteer to do the meeting minutes as that helps a bit.
    I'm a fidgeter too but I explain it to my class that most of us can satisfy our need to fidget with a common object such as a pen, our shoelace (if sitting cross legged on the mat), a zipper tab, etc. I'm rarely without something in my hand if I need to sit still and listen.

    I had to have this conversation after a child who never misses an instruction and is 6-12m ahead across all curriculum areas told me that they think they need a fidget spinner because they get distracted. They are such a lovely kid, I didn't want to say 'no' outright. I needed them (and the similar others who would have followed suit) to understand that they are for people who have extreme difficulty focusing. While I talked, I had 90% of their faces looking at me attentively and I said "if you're looking at me now, you do not have an issue focusing". The child didn't ask again.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DynamiteandaLazerBeam View Post
    Sorry to take this post off-topic, but I find I can concentrate on a lecture or meeting much better if I fidget with something. Is that unusual for adults? Perhaps I should get one
    I usually volunteer to do the meeting minutes as that helps a bit.
    Here's a funny fact - most professional trainers who are sitting people at a table to learn will put things on the table for people to play with like pens, blocks etc. It's to accommodate kinesthetic learners, meaning those who learn best while doing something physical.

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    I need to fidget with something. Else I become the dreaded leg bouncer.
    I also rock on chairs when concentrating so had to buy one of those office chairs that feels like you're falling backwards when you lean back. A fidget spinner would absolutely help me. Would help my ASD son too. But he has other things in his sensory box at school to use so we haven't got one yet.
    I didn't realise they had gone from sensory tool to new fad haha

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