Fidget Spinner toys under fire in schools

Fidget Spinner toys under fire in schools

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Schools have mixed reactions on Fidget spinners; some call them a nuisance, others support their message. Schools have mixed reactions on Fidget spinners; some call them a nuisance, others support their message.
PEORIA, Ill. (WEEK) -- -

The Fidget-spinner trend is out of control, and making headlines - for better or worse. Earlier this week, a Texas mom had to take her daughter to the E-R after she was found choking on a spinner part

But what are these toys, exactly? 

"They're providing a sensory experience," explained Dr. Jay Rawal, a Psychiatrist at Unity Point Health Methodist. 

If the creators are to be believed, the fidget spinners are meant to help people with anxiety, ADHD or autism stay calm and focus on their tasks. 

"We're kind of looking at a concept that's not altogether new," said Dr. Rawal. 

That said, they've caught on - among the top 20 best-selling toys on Amazon, every one them are fidget toys. 

Now, schools are starting to make a statement, with fidget spinners being banned in classrooms across the country. 

Here in the Heart of Illinois, Jefferson Elementary school principal Kate Wyman gave a statement, saying that she left the decision up to her teachers, and that the fidget toys were just another tool for students to use, likening it to a stress ball. 

Dr. Sharon Karat with Peoria Public Schools made a similar statement. Dr. Rawal hopes more schools take this approach.

"I think some schools should have an open mind - have an open mind to them, to help those who- that these devices may possibly help," he said. "If it does improve their quality of life, it's certainly worth a shot."

Dr. Rawal mentioned that the research behind these fidget spinners isn't conclusive, and there's no real proof yet if they actually help people or not. But he does say he's willing to believe his patients.

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