Your kids might have been nagging you for the latest toy craze but Fridget Spinners have just been banned by Dunfermline High School. Fancier ones can cost over $50.
Chances are someone in your home, school or work place has one of those fidget spinners. "As long as they're introduced as a tool for tempering other distractions, they're ok". And some schools like Fairview Park Elemetary in Spencer, Iowa, only allow students to use school-provided spinners, reported by Now Cleveland.
A spokesman for Perth and Kinross Council said: "As far as we are aware there are now no such bans on these toys in schools in Perth and Kinross". "And I know that probably, schools are dealing with situations now where you have an entire school, coming to school with all these fidgets, which may be very hard", said Kelly Olson, MN Behavioral Services. Many students with attention disorders have trouble sitting still because the motor centers and impulse areas of their brains work differently, she said, and it's up to parents and teachers to help them learn.
How does it help kids with ADHD? She also has seven years' worth of anecdotal evidence that shows how beneficial they can be for some children.
Christine Ouimet, 33, of Attleboro and mother of three, recently uploaded a video on Facebook of her son showing off some of his talented fidget spinning tricks.
"In class when they spin it it makes kind of a whirring sound and all of the other kids want to turn and look and see what's going on", said Tiffany York, a fourth grade teacher.
Last night Ross Pamplin, store manager at Dundee toy shop, The Entertainer, said Dundee was in the midst of a major "toy trend" because of the fidget spinners, which have been amongst the shop's most popular items for months now. "My kids beat to a different drummer, I guess". She recently confiscated four spinners from a single student in one class period, stuffing them into the pockets of her trousers, which she now favors wearing over skirts for their ample fidget-spinner storage space.
"A fidget is some type of little toy or little gadget to manipulate in their hand".
A spokesman for Dundee City Council said: "The school has taken a decision and this has been communicated to parents and families".
But other experts like Elaine Taylor-Klaus, co-founder of ImpactADHD, a coaching service for parents of children who have ADHD, told TIME, "fidget spinners are giving fidgets a bad name". "The spinner does the movement for them", says Mark Rapport, head of the Children's Learning Clinic at the University of Central Florida. "For some reason, they just help my mind go". He says spinners are common in his school, and they're not much of a distraction.