Fidget Spinners! Distraction or Mental Aid?
So I was making my way into town this morning desperately trying to avoid the rain, and I pass a bus stop that was completely occupied by kids waiting for their school bus.
I noticed that all of them where playing with fidget spinners, I heard one of the kids say to another “look at my sick skills” and others where comparing and debating who had the the best one.
I thought to myself ” Huh, another short lived fad! They come and they go!” and then I immediately thought to myself “I really want one!”.
So you can probably guess what I did when I first got home? I go to the great 3D model library in the sky – Thingiverse. As I guessed searching for fidget spinners through up about 30 plus pages of results relating to fidget spinners.
Long story short, I haven’t stopped playing with it ever since. But are they a waste of time, money and energy?
It turns out they are more than toys, according to Dr Fetcher-Watson of Edinburgh University while talking to The Scottish Sun newspaper. These toys are used as a stress buster and allow children to focus better who are diagnosed with ADHD or autism.
Lots of people will create their own sensory stimulation by flicking their hands or fingers – this is something we’ve known autistic children do to cope.
There is the issue of distractability with ADHD, so the principles of providing a soothing focus could be beneficial.
So there you go, It’s not just a toy! tell us what you think, are these an aid or just a distraction? Comment below and maybe share your fidget spinner designs and prints?
Pictured above is our 3D prints of a fidget spinner using green and orange with black caps in PLA by Rigid.ink. Each one required four 22mm skateboard bearings.
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Source: The Scottish Sun, 12th May 2017. Article