In 2016 it was Pokemon Go, in 2017 it's fidget spinners. Sure, they're a choking hazard, but is there anything else that could cause this new trend to be harmful?
Psychologically, I can't think of anything. Culturally, I can.
You see, I'm a fan of fidgets and I have been for awhile. Fidgets are excellent tools to help children (and even adults) cope with anxiety, stress, and sensory issues. In The Out-of-Sync Child, Carol Stock Kranowitz describes how important these tools (or toys) are for kids with sensory issues. For parents, fidgets can be a game-changer as they try to help their kids succeed in school.
My problem with fidget spinners isn't the spinners themselves. It's that their popularity seems to lessened their value and make them a joke. Instead of bringing awareness to their use, they've given stand-up comedians new material and teachers another item to ban from the classroom.
So you want to know how fidgets can help? Here are three fidgets and how they can help your child or teen:
So whether fidget spinners are on your kid's Christmas list this year, there may be some fidget that can help you and your family equip your child for success.