The Fidget Spinner was originally promoted as a therapeutic device to help children with anxiety, attention deficit hyperactivity and autism. Its creators never envisioned that this device, composed of premium hybrid ceramic bearings, would be mass marketed to consumers. Stores cannot keep them in stock. “It just took off,” says Richard Gottlieb, a consultant at Global Toy Experts in New York. To give you an idea of just how popular these spinners are, Five Below says that customers can only buy two at a time. On amazon.com, 18 of the top 20 best-selling toys and games are fidget spinners.
Researchers say the evidence is inconclusive as far as the Fidget Spinners therapeutic value is concerned. Mark Rapport, a clinical psychologist at the University of Central Florida says “Using a spinner-like gadget is more likely to serve as a distraction than a benefit for individuals with ADHD.”
Newsweek Magazine reports ostensibly scientific benefits to using a fidget spinner have undoubtedly rationalized the decision of countless parents to buy the toy for their children. More than six million children in America have been diagnosed with ADHD, and if an over-active mind can be tempered for the price of a nice lunch, why not give it a whirl?
Source: Gary R’nel
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