Fidgets are the new craze taking off in schools at the moment, they are simple devices that allow you to play with them and are known for being low-price stress relieving toys.
But many school in Havering are already banning the toys, saying they are a distraction for lessons. But should schools be doing this? Is it right to ban a device simply because it’s becoming a craze?
According to Roland Rotz and Sarah D. Wright, authors of Fidget To Focus: Outwit Your Boredom: Sensory Strategies For Living With ADHD, fidgeting is something that shouldn’t be discouraged and is likely to be beneficial in learning. They said “If something we are engaged in is not interesting enough to sustain our focus, the additional sensory-motor input that is mildly stimulating, interesting, or entertaining allows our brains to become fully engaged and allows us to sustain focus on the primary activity in which we are participating.”
So in basic terms, by capturing the attention of the part of the brain that gets board, it allows the rest of the brain to focus on learning and working.
The Cube type of fidget, was specifically designed with ADHD in mind and although you might think that you can simply ban them, but allow them for children with ADHD, this makes that child stand out and this sort of attention is often the last thing that child needs