Why schools are banning fidget spinners – and angering parents of kids with special needs

The Manchester Evening News reports that schools are banning fidget spinners and cubes because they are causing too much distraction in class.

They come in a variety of shapes and colours and are known for relieving stress and proving particularly beneficial to children with additional needs such as ADHD or ASD.

Among those is All Hallows RC High School in Salford where a text message was this week sent to parents explaining why.

“They are a distraction to learning and can be dangerous. Any fidget spinners seen in school will be confiscated. Thank you for your support in this matter.”

Mum Nikki Ashcroft has bought a spinner and a cube for her 10-year-old son, who has ASD/SPD and her eight-year-old daughter, who has suspected ADHD.

“At first I thought it was brilliant that other kids had them because he wouldn’t have to answer any questions or feel awkward using it, but now that they’re being banned in schools it means he will have to lose an aid that is extremely beneficial to him.”

Responding to some suggestions that children simply need to learn how to keep still, Katherine Cook added: “If you have a child that genuinely needs something to fidget with you will understand that and know that they can retain far more information the teacher is giving them if they are simultaneously fidgeting.

“I have tried and tested with my son. If he is not fidgeting with a SEN tool then he only holds about 10% of the information given, due to the fact that all his energy and concentration is being used to sit still.

“Just making them learn to sit there is not what this is about!”

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  1. Pamela Robinson

    I think there are a plethora of “fidget toys” available in the marketplace. Spinners have taken off like wildfire and quite frankly, they are a MAJOR distraction in the classroom ( yes I work in a special needs school.) Before spinners we’ve used a number of different items including “ThinkingPutty”, stress balls ect. Does every new fad have to the the only toy to use?

  2. Tristan Belvadere

    “Suspected ADHD” in other words some hippy mum who self diagnosed her worthless kids. Your ADHD kids aren’t going anywhere in the real world unless they learn to sit still.

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