Don’t Ban Tools That Help Kids With ADHD Cope

Target: Lucy Berrier, Equity Program Lead of the National School Boards Association

Goal: Allow those who need fidget devices to use them at school.

Fidgeting has long been known to help people focus, especially when they’re nervous or have too much energy. Recently, a trend has been sweeping the nation: fidget spinners. They’re little toys meant to help soothe people and are marketed towards those with ADHD, anxiety and autism, three conditions that already are known to lead to fidgeting and “stimming” behavior. Schools should be embracing this new technology that helps kids focus and calm down, but instead they’re banning them from their premises.

The fidget spinners are not only appealing to children with trouble focusing, but they’re gaining traction as a cool desk toy. Disabled children have enjoyed watching other kids get enjoyment out of their tools, but many school administrators are not fans. They allege that the spinners are too distracting because they’re visual-based instead of tactile, but if a child can not focus on the lesson, staring at the teacher won’t do much good. The other kids may look at the spinner but they could also look at the child tapping their foot or shaking their leg, or be distracted by the child clicking a pen. Sign this petition to allow fidget spinners and similar devices in schools.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Ms. Berrier,

Fidget spinners are the newest craze and some administrators are very concerned. They believe them to be a distraction, but for kids with anxiety or ADHD, they can be very helpful in the classroom. A noisy classroom with a dozen or two children can be very stimulating, even for neurotypical children. Fidget spinners are intended to help soothe children and get them back on track to learning.

The distraction issue is valid but no class can ever be perfectly focused. There will always be something else to look at other than the lesson, if someone chooses to. The banning of these tools just teaches children that their healthy coping mechanisms are unacceptable in greater society. Please encourage school administrators to protect children with disabilities by allowing them to use their fidget devices at school.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: Michael Anderson

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One Comment

  1. Gen Lovyet Agustsson says:

    thats not really fair.

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