Fidgit spinners continue to be a must-have item for many children and some adults. Some consumers love the toys and others see them as annoying and potentially dangerous. There have been reports of children choking on pieces of the spinners and at least one report of a child getting one stuck on their finger. The majority of complaints have been from teachers that find them disruptive in the classroom. There is also a lot of myth and conflicting information surrounding the spinner.
Myth #1 The Original creator is not being compensated for the sales of the spinner.
The story is that the spinner design was stolen from the original creator. The woman named in these tales does hold three patents but none are for the spinner. One patent was for something she called a spinning toy that she explained was shaped “like the capitol building” and spins on top of a finger. She had no luck marketing the invention and the patent ran out in 2005. She has publicly stated there is no connection between the two toys.
Myth #2 The spinner was designed as a calming aid for autistic children.
The toy was not made specifically for anyone. It was simply something for bored people to use when they felt fidgety. In fact, it was even mentioned as a great item for office workers in certain publications prior to becoming wildly popular. The autism claim appears to have been a marketing ploy used by some distributors.
Myth #3 It will not help children with ADHD or autism.
There is no way to determine whether or not a child could benefit from a spinner. As an article in Huffington Post Canada mentioned, there are some children that find great comfort in using their spinner. Others may experience very different results. No studies have proven any definite benefits from their use but, they also have not determined them to be dangerous.
Spinners are trendy toys that could remain popular for decades or disappear like other fads. There is no way to know for certain. There are some things that are easier to state about these toys. They should not be looked at as a reliable form of therapy for children with sensory issues. Young children must always be monitored when they use the toy and taking the spinner to school could cause problems in the classroom.