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(UK) Some schools banning fidget toys; parents cite benefits

Aug 18, 2017, UK Birmingham Mail: What are fidget spinners and are they safe? Here's what you need to know about the new craze http://www.birminghammail.co.uk/whats-on/whats-on-news/fidget-spinners-craze-banned-schools-12951161# Retailers are quickly selling out of spinners and cubes so you'll have to be quick to get your hands on one... So-called fidget toys were originally created to help develop fine motor skills in kids with autism and other special education needs.... But, remarkably, some schools are reportedly BANNING the toys. One mum 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. And she said: "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. "It's unfair if a child with special needs already has them and is now not allowed because others have them purely for enjoyment." Several different companies manufacture the toy, but they all say it promotes focus and concentration, and decreases stress through a smooth, fast, satisfying silent rotation in the hand.