Fidget spinners banned from Seminole County school

Middle-school teachers across the country can sum up their eagerness for summer in two words: fidget spinners.

Fidget spinners and fidget cubes are little plastic objects designed for children who have trouble paying attention, but they've now become a fad that's spinning out of control in classrooms.

She also encourages the use of "old school fidgets" like pressure balls and pipe cleaners to help kids focus on their work. Some schools have banned them, however, saying they are a distraction in classrooms.

At the moment, the toy is not banned in many schools in our area.

"Fidget spinners are critical accessories for individuals with anxiety, ADHD, excess energy and fidgety hands", Jill Dooley, executive director of the association, said in a statement released Thursday.

Principal Michael Ceglinski at McCracken County High School said while his son owns one, the halls and classrooms of MCHS are another matter. "It's not anything for us to make any kind of policy or decisive action (against)". "Kids might really enjoy them but there is no specific research into the link between them and ADHD".

But Craigiebarns Primary has put a blanket ban on the devices - including kids using them in the playground. "I guess I'll cross that bridge when it does". In the words of a fellow teacher, "If I hear or see your spinner, it will be spinning time on my desk". Can I make one out of LEGOs?

"I sold a few to parents of autistic kids and they have contacted me to let me know how successful they have been", said David. "No one has reported any problems".

Chances are someone in your home, school or work place has one of those fidget spinners.

Claims Fidget Spinners help calm children with ADHD and autism are being treated with skepticism, and if you read through some of the alarmist articles about these toys you'd think we were talking about an airborne disease or god forbid, rock music.

"I would encourage teachers to teach students how to use them", Ennis said.

The playful animal yelps and barks at the toy as it spins in front of him.

Other schools, including Wrotham Road in Gravesend and Discovery School in Tonbridge, had made a decision to let them into the lessons. "But still, not allowing them in schools is probably throwing the baby out with the bath water", she says.

One of the most common types available in the market so far is the "Fidget Spinner", which has a bearing in the centre.

"I can see in secondary schools they can be disruptive to learning but in our school certainly we recognise that people learn in different ways".

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