alternative-therapy

anonymous asked:

What are good programs to put autistic children in? If it's not aba

depends what’s offered in your area. things will have different names. 

here are some examples of things that would be helpful at whatever program is chosen: (source: veighta)

  • learning sign language
  • access to AAC tools and materials
  • introduction to sensory play
  • adequate parent/caregiver education
  • assessment for possible psychological/developmental/physical comorbidities 
  • acceptance of autistic children’s play styles
  • using a child’s interests/strengths to foster growth
  • creation of predictable school and home routine
  • destigmatization of stimming in areas that should be safe for a child (home, school, etc)
  • teaching emotional regulation
  • simple self-care help (eg. teaching “tummy checks”)
  • explaining social skills and helping understand how neurotypical kids work, rather than punishing them for not having those same social skills
Drum Energies: A Teaching from Joseph Rael

“Drumming opens up three basic vibrations. Drumming awakens the self. Drumming heightens the ability of perception, and drumming enables the person to see into the deeper realms of the self.

Drumming, by its very nature, creates a lifting energy which moves you very quickly to the next level of consciousness. That lifting quality is directly connected to the dynamic tension of energy struggling to achieve its highest potential. The sound that comes out of that awakened potential is the manifestation of new idea or a new form.

Drumming creates in the psyche of those people who listen to the drum, a sense of abundance, a feeling that there is more than enough in life to sustain life. There is the feeling of strength, of being able to step forth with whatever one wants to change, because the power to sustain that change is in the drumming. The drumming sound helps persons listen to themselves as they really are.”

Joseph Rael (Beautiful Painted Arrow) is an internationally respected author, artist, visionary and master storyteller of the Ute and Picuris Pueblo Indian traditions.

anonymous asked:

im not trying to be rude or anything but "if not aba what program SHOULD you put your kid in?" actually just. yknow. trying to reach out to your child works REALLY well. when i was younger i dont think a PROGRAM wouldve helped as much as adults already in my life actively trying to show me even a little bit of understanding

^^^^^ v good point. additional support can be good if needed, but you’re absolutely right here. on a similar point, programs to help adults be more understanding would help w this

Why 'Locked in for Autism' is ableist and needs to stop

The charity Cauldwell Children’s has been using this campaign to raise funds since 2015.

A volunteer spends 50 hours inside a small perspex room inside a busy supermarket. Because autism awareness.

If you’re angry because the tired old ‘trapped autistic’ trope is offensive bullshit, then worry not. They have consulted with many NT parents about this (and presumably no actual autistic people, because who would agree to this being a good idea?):

“While autism covers a wide spectrum of symptoms and every autistic person has different experiences, a lot of parents with autistic children have told us that the box could be a metaphor for the way society interacts with autistic people.”

NOPE.

There have also been multiple instances of autistic people leaving comments on the campaign’s FB page, only to have their comments deleted. That’s right; autistic people are being silenced by a charity claiming to support autistic people.

And that’s not all!

The charity also supports ‘alternative’ therapies (they include the details for an MMS quack on their list of practitioners) and provides ABA support. They even appear to support the bogus link between the MMR vaccine and autism by asking about vaccinations on their application forms.

https://www.buzzfeed.com/tomchivers/caudwell-autism

Basically this charity is a total shitshow that appears to have never once consulted a single autistic person about how best to support autistic people.

Please sign this petition asking Tesco to stop hosting this campaign in their stores.

https://www.change.org/p/tesco-stop-hosting-caudwell-children-s-controversial-locked-in-for-autism-campaign?recruiter=7138020&utm_source=share_petition&utm_medium=copylink&utm_campaign=share_petition

Spread the word and we can prevent this damaging campaign from happening and change this charity for the better.

anonymous asked:

Hello doctor! First of all, I love your blog. I wanted to ask your opinion about acupuncture. My dog benefited from it a few years ago. She was 16 years old and she suffered from chronical pain for several disc compressions. Her kidneys weren't at their best and we tried to avoid antiinflammatories as much as we could.

So here’s the thing about so-called ‘alternative’ and ‘complementary’ therapies: We either don’t know if they work, or don’t know how/why they work.

Here’s the thing about chronic pain: We don’t understand it well enough and anything you can do for relief is worth doing.

As far as acupuncture specifically goes, I’m sure it does something, it only caused me the worst pain I felt in my life, but the explanation given for why is has effects don’t seem grounded in our current understanding of the world. I don’t specifically recommend it, but I don’t recommend against it if the owner is able and willing to spend that money.

It’s not the first thing I grab for, and I’d be reluctant to recommend it as a sole therapy, but occasionally it seems to have a benefit. It’s a bit hit-or-miss though.

What I object to is people claiming that acupuncture, and similar therapies, will always absolutely do what they’re supposed to do, even in the face of evidence that it’s not working and refuse to go back to conventional treatment. If you’re going to keep an open mind, it has to go both ways.

mayorsp0ilers  asked:

Would you mind telling me more about horseradish, mugwort and jasmine please?

Horseradish is a toxic irritant that contains allyl isothiocyanate, the same chemical compound found in mustard seed—those of you who know your history should already be freaking out that some people put this into an air diffuser. 

It’s primarily used in insecticides and tear gas these days. It has a median lethal dose (how much is needed to kill you) of 151 mg/kg and is therefore classed as lachrymator. That’s poisonous gas to you and me, the kind specifically used in World War One that made you go blind/burned through your skin and dissolved your lungs from the inside out.

Ironically it was traditionally used to treat coughs. Don’t do that.

While Mugwort the herb has been used safely for a very long time in medicine—particularly pertaining to menstrual health—it should only ever be administered under the recommendation of a qualified physician or herbalist and should always be talked over with your doctor first. It should never ever be used as an essential oil either orally or for therapeutic massage as it has a high level of oral and dermal toxicity. 

I’ve seen Mugwort touted on this hellsite as a “chemical free abortion” (no I am not kidding, I wish to the gods I was) and while mugwort can and has been used to induce miscarriages, it’s also extremely important to know that it’s also a neurotoxin and can and will likely cause irreversible damage to the person using it, if not outright kill them depending on how they used it. 

Same with pennyroyal, another essential oil I’ve seen talked about on here as a way of having a “natural” abortion, which yes, it is an abortifacient due to its pulegone content, but it’s also so highly toxic that even using small amounts of the oil for massage purposes can cause liver and lung damage and gods forbid you drink any of it cause it is not a nice way to die.

Do not use in an oil diffuser, do not add into your water for “health benefits” do not pass go, go straight to hospital and hopefully not die. 

By comparison to these other two, Jasmine is relatively harmless as it’s non toxic, and generally non irritating save for those with allergies, but I still like to tell my pregnant friends to use it/consume the tea with caution as it is an emmenagogue (stimulates uterine contractions and menstrual flow, the same way mugwort and pennyroyal do) and could potentially pose a risk to early pregnancies being miscarried. Just better to err a little side towards caution sometimes, especially when it’s so heavily marketed in pregnancy essential oil kits.

I hope that answers whatever you were wondering about them.

youtube

This is a very interesting and highly valuable video highlighting the options available (at least in the States) for medical marijuana and people experiencing chronic pain, including fibromyalgia. Not surprisingly, Charlotte’s Web was the jackpot.

Here in Australia, medical marijuana was only recently made legal with the first shipment arriving last month. I’ve only ever had straight marijuana and either felt no benefits or just been lit to the gills, so i’m keen to hear about your experiences and what you’d recommend to fellow fibro warriors! Responses will be put up in one megapost for everyone!

I know it’s meant well, but please dinnae fill my inbox with suggestions for herbs and supplements unless you are a) a herbalist/doctor who understands drug interactions or b) you can respect me enough as a person to not undermine me when I say: I have a chronic condition for which there is currently no recognized diagnosis let alone cure. I’m no sick from lack of trying to get better.

I’ve been trying for five years to be able to get well again. If it was as simple as taking turmeric and peppermint tea, I’d be well again.

So, I appreciate the thought and well wishes I really do, but please also be aware that some of the things you are recommending are not “safe” simply because they are “natural”, and were I not qualified in a lot of alternative health therapies and as knowledgeable as I am? Some of your suggestions could kill me were I to take them at face value, and believe you when you say “it’s super safe”.

St John’s Wort can alter the effectiveness of several drugs, including birth control, anti depressants, pain killers and anti histamines to name but a few. It actually interacts with some to create an overdose effect which can seriously harm the liver and worsen symptoms.

Turmeric capsules should also be taken with caution by those with gallbladder problems as it can cause the organ to spasm and contract (due to increased bile production), which if it’s no working right, can be Extremely Fucking Painful.

Chamomile is part of the ragweed family and can make people with bad environmental allergies extremely no well/in severe cases close the throat.

Peppermint tea isnae gonna sort me right out. hilariously it makes chronic acid reflux worse, cause reflux isnae just bad indigestion: it’s my esophagus being dissolved by my stomach and they dinnae ken why or how to fix it cause I cannae even have GERD like a normal sick person.

And just to clarify: I’m not angry. I appreciate that you think of me, I really truly do.

I’m just urging caution when it comes to pushing supplements and herbs at people online, especially when you don’t know their medical history, or in some cases even manage to comprehend the scope of their illness.

People ask me all the time for recommendations to which I generally politely decline due to a) not being able to assess them in person and b) not being an up to date qualified herbalist or pharmacist. I’m just someone who knows a lot of different things: but that doesnae make me qualified to offer medical advice on the internet.

I can offer anecdotes and talk freely about my own experiences and how I get from a to z with managing it, but that’s the extent of it.

I ken it’s meant with love and kindness, but just be mindful. That’s all I ask 💖

Haven Craft’s Beginner Witch Tips, Part Four

Something I’ve noticed about online beginner spells for witches is that a great deal of them involve herbs that are inhaled, drunk as tea or potions, or bathed in. So let’s go over the basics of herbalism as spellcraft.

First off, understand that herbalism is a very, very dangerous thing to dabble in just enough to think you know what you’re doing when you don’t. I’ve had quite a few people into Haven Craft who’ve started exhibiting very dangerous symptoms because their witchy hearthcraft friend recommended this or that for them, and they’re having allergic reactions or medication reactions or because it’s just a dangerous plant to begin with.

My favorite of these so far was someone who was on lobelia, for weight loss, because her friend recommended it. She came in exhibiting symptoms including vomiting, diarrhea, dizziness, constant nausea, and stomach pains. Lobelia is also called puke weed and she was close to the LD50 (lethal dose in fifty percent of the population) in the amounts she was taking.

Her herbalist friend had never bothered to Google the other names by which the plant was known, what medications it interacted with, or what the dangerous warning signs of its use were, because it was “just an herb” and “herbs are safe.”

No, they aren’t safe. 

Even external application can be dangerous. Especially bathing in something, which can give it access to mucous membranes it is absorbed through.

My favorite example of this is hyssop oil. Essential oils can be dangerous anyway, causing chemical burns and photo-sensitivity if they are not diluted properly, but some are dangerous for other reasons. Hyssop is one of them – it can cause people with epilepsy or other neurological conditions, including depression, to experience dizziness, difficulty concentrating, trouble focusing, and even cause seizures. It can be lethal to apply hyssop oil if you have a history of seizures.

And yet it is commonly listed as something to apply to the body to banish negative energies, with no warning. You hope people Google things before using the, you hope people look them up on WebMD, but if they don’t, they may hurt themselves or others severely, because they’re “just plants.”

So is atropa belladonna. It’s “just a plant.”

Ethics of Herbalism, Kitchen Witchery, Etc.

Like all magickal practice, herbal witchcraft requires that you determine your personal ethical stance. My advice is to determine what you are an are not willing to do in the real world – because magick, including herbal magick, is part of the real world and affects the real world. A practical way of looking at it is, “Don’t do anything you wouldn’t do with your own two hands.” For example, if you aren’t willing to physically assault someone who has displeased you, sending a malicious spirit after them probably isn’t for you. If you aren’t willing to roofie someone, love spells to bind a particular person to you romantically and sexually probably aren’t for you.

However, there are some specific lines of ethics that come into play with magickal herbalism, in particular. Please keep in mind that these lines come from my own tradition – I can only advise based on my own work and experience, so these guidelines may not work for you.

Working for Others

I believe an herbalist should always ask someone before you perform magick on their behalf and DEFINITELY before you cause them to ingest any kind of herbal magick. Obtain permission beforehand, even for what you consider “positive” workings. Try to remember that your idea of what’s positive for someone’s life may not be their idea of what’s positive for their life. And that you may have no notion as to someone’s allergies or intolerances. You may think a rose and strawberry potion for self-love is a great idea – until you need to rush for an EpiPen, or until it turns out you didn’t have a full grasp of why someone was struggling with self-love in the first place.

I recommend that you don’t interfere with someone’s free will – don’t presume to know their full desires on any situation, even if they’ve been forthcoming with you. As for not causing someone to ingest something without their knowledge – go back to those real world consequences. What would the real world consequences be for powdering ambien and slipping it into someone’s drink be? What would the real world consequences be for powdering viagra and putting it into someone’s food?

Just ask.

Magick is real. Herbcraft is real – and it has real world consequences, from allergic reactions to possible reactions with someone’s medication, that you might not know they are on.

Anyone you perform herbal magick for should always be advised appropriately of the possible risks and benefits of a particular herbal magick and encouraged to make an informed choice about it.

Confidentiality

When practicing herbalism and herbal magick for someone else – whether you’re making them a potion for household protection or crafting them an herbal spell to help them get over a bad breakup, it is not your place to share their personal business with anyone – not their friends; not their family.

Referrals

Sometimes people approach witches and herbal practitioners for solutions to problems that really require more help than we can give.

For example, when approached regarding a domestically abusive relationship or a stalker ex, an herbal witch can provide magickal protection, but not physical, which may be required. A witch can stop a person from feeding on someone’s energy or using magick to manipulate and control them or to bring them bad luck – but a spell won’t stop a person from assaulting someone or breaking into their house. A person who approaches you for aid in a situation like that really also needs help from the police – you can provide spells of warding, spells to help them feel strong enough to escape from that negative relationship, and spells to calm the anxiety, fear, and depression that probably come along with the situation – but you can’t provide a safe place for them or a protective order, both of which they likely need.

Also, keep in mind that all spells for anxiety, fear, and depression that require ingesting, inhaling, or bathing in something should really be thoroughly checked for whether the herbs work for the kind of struggle they’re going through – is it laconic depression? Chronic depression? Situational depression? Anxiety? PTSD? – and any contraindications for those. For example, chamomile should not be used to treat chronic laconic depression, nor should kola nut be used to treat anxiety, despite both being listed in common herb recommendations for depression and anxiety.

Another example is medical necessity. Herbal magick for depression, anxiety, stress, pain, strain, exhaustion, and etc. can only help so much before someone really needs to seek a mental health professional, physical health professional, or other alternative therapies, like massage, to deal with their difficulties. It is often the responsibility of the practitioner to refer someone to a person who can help them, when magick isn’t enough or isn’t the correct solution. Err on the side of caution – if someone is exhibiting worrying physical or mental symptoms, provide them with what help you ethically can, but please refer them to outside help as well.

It is the practitioner’s responsibility to know their own educational and magickal limitations and to refer out when specialist treatment is required to serve the best interests of the client.

Always double check herbs that are to be ingested, inhaled, or bathed in for contraindications through WebMD, Drugs.com, and Epocrates.

Seeking Medical Help

It is very important to note that there is a difference between using an herb magically and ingesting it. Be safe when using herbs in magic – some that are safe for potions that were never designed for internal use are definitely not to be ingested. Please don’t take anything in a manner that may be potentially harmful to you and please don’t give something to someone else that you aren’t sure of. The proper dosage of herbs for an internal tisane versus a bath tisane is very different – proper research is paramount.  

If you have created an herbal magickal remedy or spell, something ingested or inhaled or bathed in, and either you or the person who is using it begin exhibiting a negative response, such as an allergic reaction, medicine interaction, or increased, rapid heart palpitation or uterine contractions, and etc., be responsible. Contact emergency services, poison control, or your personal physician as soon as possible – seek Quick Care or an Emergency Medical Technician – do not disregard symptoms of something potentially dangerous to yourself or someone else.

Environmental Commitment

It is the responsibility of herbal practitioners to have some awareness of the geographic and cultural origins of the main herbs used in his/her practice. Magickal herbalists should not utilize herbs or herbal products that are derived from any wild species known to be threatened or endangered.

It is the duty of all herbalists to remain cognizant about those herbs that are endangered and threatened and adopt appropriate practices in the harvest and use of those herbs. Magickal herbalists have also a responsibility to train the next generation of herbalists not to promote the use of wildcrafted herbs whose survival is threatened or endangered. Be responsible – keep informed.

Magickal plants that are currently endangered include, but are not limited to, Red Sandalwood, Wood Aloe, Himalayan Mandrake, North American Indian Paintbrush, and Centaury. White Sage is also increasingly endangered.

When collecting and harvesting plants, please be responsible, and avoid endangered species. By the same token, when buying herbs and botanicals, please check your suppliers for ethical conduct. Herbs are big money business these days and money is unfortunately a prime consideration to many pickers and wholesalers – buy ethically sourced, Fair Trade, and non-endangered whenever possible.

slogenheda  asked:

And to add salt to the wound, these people actively DENOUCE licensed medical professionals as being liars and that they are the right ones... their CEO Gary Young approves of the action bc it sells his damn product... I have anxiety and depression and I've been told to my face that their oils would do more than my meds (news flash, I tried them and still wanted to die every day, only now I smelled like ass bc their oils reek) which they defend by saying "IF IT SMELLS BAD U NEED IT" like ???

For anyone new here and who isn’t aware: I’m extremely chronically ill. I have an undiagnosed auto-immune disorder (because they can’t pin the sucker down) but it looks like it’s either going to be MCAS or something else equally random and horrible, and I have had a lot of bad experiences with the current medical community and doctor’s neglecting me, so I understand the appeal of searching out other means of trying to help yourself. Where my Dr can only prescribe addictive pain killers that don’t really manage my pain effectively, I’ve had great success in relieving my pain through things like regular massage—including aromatherapy.

In my quest to find someone who knew what they were doing, some people claimed outright—not knowing that I hold…I think it’s 12? alternative health therapy qualifications at this point?—that they could cure me through the application of certain essential oils. Those people never even got to touch my body let alone get a cent of my money.

Anyone who claims they can CURE anything like depression or other chronic conditions through the use of essential oils, is a lying predator and I’m 100% ready to fight.

They can be a valuable part in helping to improve your quality of life, and they are most certainly potent when used in the hands of someone who knows what they are doing. But anyone claiming they can cure a single damn thing with them is selling you nothing but snake oil. And that companies like YL have become so prevalent is just so depressing.

People deserve so much better than lies. 

anonymous asked:

hi im sorry to bother but I think I need some help. I currently cant get a therapist (if u know any free options, however, pls tell) and I pick at my fingers constantly until they bleed and I cant seem to stop, and I also bite my lip until they / p.1

they bleed as well. I also need a lot of attention, to the point that I get suicidal if I go even a short amount of time of people not paying attention to me, and im very dependant. I find it really hard to make friends and I have very few and / p.2

and I have very few and I cant even have conversations with them. what do u recommend I do until im able to see a therapist? / p.3

Hi Anon,

It’s never a bother to answer questions. It’s why we run the comm in the first place! We all very much want to help you as best we can.

This will help you coping with picking:

Dermatillomania

This will help with attention/isolation:

Isolation

And finally:

What to Do When You Can’t Afford Therapy

One of the biggest reasons people don’t seek therapy is money. People look at a therapist’s hourly rates — which might range from $100 to $250 — and immediately assume they can’t afford professional help. So they stop there.

But you do have various helpful options. Below, clinicians share, in no particular order, what you can do if you can’t afford treatment.

1. Check with your insurance.

“If you have insurance, ask your insurance plan to give you a list of providers who are either in your geographic area or who specialize in the issue you are seeking help with,” said Roberto Olivardia, Ph.D, a clinical psychologist and clinical instructor in the department of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. You might only have to pay a small co-pay, he said.

However, even if your insurance doesn’t cover therapy, get the details on what they do cover, said Julie A. Fast, a coach and author of Get It Done When You’re Depressed. For instance, your policy might still include the words “social worker,” she said.

2. Try a training clinic.

Training clinics offer clients a sliding scale. They’re typically located in universities where graduate students prepare to become clinical or counseling psychologists, said Kevin L. Chapman, Ph.D, a psychologist and associate professor in clinical psychology at the University of Louisville. There, he said, students are “trained and supervised by licensed psychologists who typically have years of experience with specific mental health conditions.”

3. Try a community mental health center.

“Community mental health centers provide free or low-cost therapy options and services covered by Medicaid insurance,” said Julie Hanks, LCSW, a therapist and blogger at Psych Central. To find a center, search using Google or look at your state government website for the Department of Human Services, she said.

4. Read self-help books.

“Books are my first recommendation,” Fast said. Along with her book, Get It Done When You’re Depressed, she also suggested “the rather esoteric The Four Agreements for personal development [and] The Idiot’s Guide to Controlling Anxiety.”

You also can contact a local therapist for book recommendations for your specific concern, Olivardia said. “It can help narrow down the options and allow you to focus on quality resources,” he said.

5. Attend support groups. 

Support groups typically are free or at least more affordable than individual therapy. They may be run by mental health professionals or peers. Always ask a therapist if they also offer lower-cost group sessions, Fast said. (“Groups can be a lot less expensive if they accept cash,” she said.)

She suggested attending moderated support groups. “I always stress that groups that are run by the people in the group rarely work. It should be a structured system where a dispassionate person runs things. Otherwise it can just be a complaining session,” Fast said.

The great thing about groups is meeting other people who are struggling with similar issues, which can create “a safe, validating space,” Olivardia said.

Learn more about support groups in your area by visiting NAMIand the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance. Also, consider organizations such as Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) and Narcotics Anonymous (NA).

Consider, too, online support groups, such as one of the 180+mental health support groups here at Psych Central.

6. Ask about discounted rates.

“Cash is often more lucrative than going through the whole paperwork insurance thing,” Fast said. As such, some therapists might offer discounts. For instance, Fast’s therapist typically charges $200 an hour, but she worked with Fast for $50 an hour for a year.

Fast suggested asking clinicians the following questions: “If I don’t have insurance, do you have a cash policy?” Or, “I’m looking for a therapist but am on limited funds. Do you have any discount programs or a group available?” If they don’t, they might be able to refer you to a practitioner who does, she said.

7. Re-evaluate your expenses.

“There are some situations where ‘can’t afford’ is really about priorities,” Hanks said. Consider if you can reorganize your budget to accommodate therapy.

“I’ve worked with clients who ‘can’t afford’ my services but highly value therapy and choose to go without other things because they “can’t afford” not to be in therapy,” she said.

8. Check out podcasts and videos.

Fast also recommended self-help podcasts and videos, such as TED talks on YouTube. “They are very inspirational and have good advice,” she said. When searching for podcasts on iTunes, consider terms such as therapy or personal growth, she said. “I know this is not like seeing a therapist, but I believe that self growth requires personal time as well. It doesn’t all have to be about psychology either,” she said.

9. Visit websites for your particular concern.

“When an individual is privy to their mental health needs — [such as] ‘I’m having panic attacks’ or ‘I think I have OCD’ — landing on an association’s website can be ideal,” Chapman said.

For instance, he said, if you’re struggling with anxiety, you can find valuable resources at the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive TherapiesAnxiety and Depression Association of America and the International OCD Foundation.

There is also a wealth of information at Psych Central about self-help techniques, treatments, and books to check out. You can start by looking-up your mental health condition here.

10. Consult your congregation.

“If you belong to a religious congregation, talk to your preacher, pastor, or priest about your need and see if your church offers therapy services or is willing to help pay for therapy,” Hanks said.

11. Consider body therapy.

“Don’t forget body therapy… including chiropractic and massage,” Fast said. Schools usually charge small fees for services given by their students, she said.

As Olivardia said, “Nothing is more important than your physical and mental health.” If self-help resources and groups aren’t working, consider the price of not seeking professional help – because that might be steeper.

“Consider that there are costs for not getting treatment such as lost wages for missing work, strain on family relationships, and quality and length of your life,” Hanks said.

Best,

Lena

What seems to be interesting with regard to the mystic poems is that the phenomenological experience of the listener can direct him/her to a kind of empathy not only with the human elements or representatives who have directly participated in the scenario of the poem, but also with poet him/herself. The conclusion is that if the listener gets to find out a sort of honesty and sincerity behind the words of the poet, he/she will then feel like appreciating more and more the very beauty of his/her virtues, and will consequently get the same sense to regard him/her equally as meaningful being that can bring sense of Being to the others. That is where claim of therapy can remarkably come into existence.
—  Kambiz Badie & Maryam Tayefeh Mahmoudi, Nature-Inspired Expression & Empathy-Directed Impression in Persian Mystic Poems: A Phenomenological Perspective for Transforming Mental Modes and Therapeutic Purposes

Here’s the thing: fidget spinners actually do work, for those that actually need them. They are tools (heavy emphasis on the term tool) used when you need to fidget, it says so right in the name. They aren’t alternative therapies, or some way to avoid seeing a therapist, they are simply an easy way to assist with focus maintenance when the need arises.

The problem, and the reason that everyone is making a fuss about the over saturation of fidget spinners, is that they are being marketed as toys and not tools. They are primarily meant for people with focus/attention issues and those who need tactile ways to stim. Majority of the people buying fidget spinners don’t know this and aren’t being told about their original intended purpose, so most people are just viewing them as something to play with whenever. Majority of people using them don’t need them.

So in order to accurately research if fidget spinners work, in the way they were intended to, one would need to study its effect on those who actually need them and use them as tools to assist with focus/attention problem and stimming. I can almost guarantee you that in that group of people the answer you’re going to get is a resounding, “Yes, fidget spinners work.”

(I am one of the people that fidget spinners were meant for and mine definitely helps a lot.)