Trendy toys come and go all the time–it seems like there’s a new craze every couple of months–but the fidget spinners have a new claim they’re focusing on instead of fun: mental health. Some are claiming that fidget spinners can basically replace ADHD treatment for teens in the classroom, but many professionals believe this claim to not only be wrong, but harmful.

What is a fidget spinner?

A fidget spinner is a small toy that a person can spin between their fingers. If you want to get fancy, you can learn tricks that include tossing or twirling it. Doesn’t sound much different than other long forgotten, craze toys (the yo-yo), right? The main difference between other toys and the fidget spinner is the claim that it can improve your mental health.

Fidget spinners aren’t a form of ADHD treatment for teens

Fidget spinners are being marketed as “miracle toys” that can act as a sort of ADHD treatment for teens. But many experts are arguing that there’s absolutely nothing to back up those claims and many teachers are banning them from classrooms due to distractions.

Some professionals believe that this marketing is not only false, but it’s harmful to those actually in need of ADHD treatment for teens. They’re targeting those who are searching for ways to help their child and it’s not only wrong, it’s completely unhelpful and may make things worse for their attention.
The idea that a toy that allows a kid with ADHD to fidget can help them focus isn’t new, though. Studies have found that there are benefits of giving an adolescent something for sensory stimulation, like clay or stress balls.

That’s not what a fidget spinner is, though. The fidget spinner usually requires the user to be watching it, which is distracting. Many professionals agree that stress balls or even stationary bikes could help these kids focus, but the fidget spinner most likely doesn’t.

Which is why this popular toy is not the next treatment for anxiety in teens. While it would’ve been nice if the fidget spinner was a new toy that could actually help in ADHD treatment for teens, it seems that it’s almost surely not.   

It’s critical for parents to know that there are options for ADHD treatment for teens that have been studied and have actual evidence of positive outcomes. A toy isn’t going to fix ADHD, but therapy and the correct treatment will.

blueFire Wilderness is here for your family

blueFire Wilderness is a wilderness therapy program for teens. We help troubled teens, ages 11 to 17, grappling with depression, ADHD, addiction, defiance, and other emotional or behavioral problems. We understand that this is a difficult and confusing time for the whole family, but we’re here to guide your family.
At blueFire, we strive to help each client find their inner confidence and succeed. We believe that through a balance of self-assessment, insight oriented therapy, outdoor living, adventure activities and academic focus these teens will find their true selves. We provide a supportive opportunity for parents and children to reconnect and strengthen their relationship.
For more information about ADHD treatment for teens at blueFire Wilderness, please call 1 (844) 413-1999 today.

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