By Lynne Adkins and Jim Donovan
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — They’re all the rage much to the annoyance of teachers.READ MORE: Ocean County Man Kevin Noonan Picking Up Furniture Hits, Kills Man, Then Flees, Authorities Say
Fidget Spinners are in hands everywhere, keeping kids busy in the car, watching television or sitting in class. Many claim it helps keep them focused. Dr. Meghan Walls, a pediatric psychologist at Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children, says for students with ADHD or autism they could be helpful.
“They may be beneficial to kids who have these deficits,” Walls said. “They probably don’t need to be used across the board. So for parents, if your child has a diagnosis of ADHD, if they’re a kid who seems to do better when they’re fidgeting and moving, then absolutely talk to the teacher, talk to the school.”READ MORE: COVID In Philadelphia: FEMA-Run Pennsylvania Convention Center Vaccination Site Extended For Additional 4 Weeks
Doctors say objects have been used for years to keep hyper children focused, often with success.
“The occupational therapists have long used these distracters to help people concentrate on what they’re doing,” said Dr. Steven Shapiro, Chairman of Pediatrics at Abington Hospital Jefferson Health. “[They’ve been used] for kids in the spectrum of autism, basic developmental disorders, in the spectrum of severe ADHD, where there’s a severe distractible component.”MORE NEWS: Philadelphia Weather: Scattered Showers Expected To Move Into Region Wednesday Night
But Shapiro agrees that while they may keep some children focused, not every kid needs to be fingering fidget spinners in school.