Several schools have banned fidget spinners because they’ve become a distraction. The devices have long been a tool for teachers, guidance counselors and therapists.
“Promoting fidgeting is a common method for managing attention regulation,” said Elaine Taylor-Klaus, co-founder of ImpactADHD, a coaching service for children with attention disorders and their parents.
“For some people (with ADHD), there’s a need for constant stimulation,” she said. “What a fidget allows some people — not all people — with ADHD to do is to focus their attention on what they want to focus on, because there’s sort of a background motion that’s occupying that need.”