Fidget spinners are the bane of teachers existence. Yet, to some, it’s helped their students to great lengths. This therapeutic device has many benefits for children who have “sensory seekers.” Some children are considered “sensory seekers” especially if they have things such as ADD, ADHD or autism. When they have things that stimulate them they become more organized, pay closer attention and complete tasks.
The issue is that people who do not suffer from these conditions have been bringing them into class and it has been distracting to themselves and other students, defeating the entire purpose of these devices.
But what should we do about this “fidget spinner crisis” that we have on our hands plaguing schools? Here are a few alternatives that can help those who need stimulation since fidget spinners have been banned in most schools:
- Sitting on a bean bag chair during desk work will allow the child to bounce around and move without leaving their station
- Climbing on the monkey bars during recess right before returning to the classroom
- Responsible tasks such as reorganizing, washing the blackboard, etc, can help make them feel like they have a purpose rather than feeling burdensome
- Access to a rocking chair as a positive reinforcement
- Spill proof water bottles especially those who need a sensory input for their mouth
- Hackey sacks, koosh balls, or any other stress reliever
- Top of pencil chewers also great for kids with an oral fixation
Keep in mind, that even if there are other ways to help a child with their sensory input needs, other children will either be jealous of their responsibilities or find the latest new gadget and want to have it as well. The key is to balance these two things together and educate parents on what is the right way for their child to behave in the classroom.