ROANOKE, Va. (WDBJ7) Fidget Spinners have become the new popular toy gadget for kids across the nation. Anyone can purchase a fidget spinner but they are marketed to help people with ADHD, Anxiety, or Autism.
Photo: Amazon / MGN Online
WDBJ7 wanted to know why fidget spinners are so popular, so we went to Faith Christian School in Roanoke and pulled an eighth grade class together to specifically talk about fidget spinners.
Half the class had a Fidget Spinner including Quentin Slash who showed us how they work.
Lance Ayers is also a student and tells WDBJ7 why he chose to buy one.
"They were a growing trend and I thought it would be cool to have one," Lance said.
Besides the current trend, fidget spinners are actually marketed to help those with attention deficit disorder, autism or anxiety.
Some students have a prescription.
Tiffany Kuyper is a Pediatric Occupational Therapist with Carilion. She's never written a prescription for fidget spinners before but she says they can be beneficial.
"Children who have sensory processing difficulties, who are restless and fidgety in the classroom and who have difficulties keeping their hands in their laps, would benefit," Kuyper said.
Kuyper says every child is different though so she goes by a general rule.
"If it becomes a distraction to them or anyone else around them in the classroom, it is not the appropriate strategy," Kuyper said.
Ashley Stover is also a student at Faith Christian. She doesn’t own a fidget spinner and she thinks they’re a distraction.
"The colors, the sounds and everything can distract you from class sometimes," Ashley said.
Vince Oliveri is a teacher at Faith Christian and says almost all of his students have a fidget spinner.
"It blew up really in the last couple weeks. It went from maybe two students in my ninth grade class to seventy-five percent of the class having them," Oliveri said.
Some schools, including Faith Christian, have recently banned fidget spinners in the classroom. Oliveri is one of many teachers who think it’s for the best.
"Ideally it's a cool creative helpful tool for some but that's only for a few students, I think for a lot of other students it's just a toy really," Oliveri said.
Toy or prescription, either way it’s a new fad that has stores cashing in and selling out.