FIDGET SPINNERS, let’s do this
“Fidget spinners are distracting.”
ok i’m autistic, adhd, sensory problems, tic disorder, i got the whole holofoil collectors pack. And i did k-12 through college without fidget spinners and let me tell you: I FIDGETTED. I WAS A FIDGETING MCFUCKER. For kids with this brain structure this can literally be the only way to get their brain under control, by giving that one problematic part of the brain a comforting repetitive task just to get it to shut the hell up. I had to fidget, just to get my brain to shut the hell up and let me focus. Kids with ADHD and similar learning disorders will fidget, spinners or no spinners, because that allows their brain to function. Fidget spinners are incredibly less distracting than the alternative.
I flippin wish i had had a fidget spinner, and the knowledge that my fidgeting was ok and served a purpose. Because instead I fidgeted with whatever was available: knee bouncing, nail biting, tearing up paper, biting pencils, biting my hair, clearing my throat, etc. And on top of being constantly told off by teachers, and believing my inability to sit still was because i was rude, disobedient, because i was a bad kid–on top of all of that, i got to be the Weird Kid. Instead of being a kid with a fidget spinner, which wasn’t an option then, i was the kid with All The Weird Gross Unexplained Fidgets. That’s how my classmates saw me, and it was fucking awful.
So let kids have their goddamn spinners and cubes. they aren’t fucking distracting, not half as distracting as the makeshift coping fidgets kids w/ learning disorders will have to hobble together otherwise. Give kids the tools they need. And give them a goddamn break, they fucking need it.