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some school leaders are finding them in the hands of every child and that is raising some concerns about whether they're a help or a distraction. some school leaders are finding them in the hands of every child and that is raising some concerns about whether they're a help or a distraction.
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Fidget Spinners are small metal or plastic spinning toys that are becoming popular with children nationwide.  They are also beginning to draw the ire of some educators.  If you don’t know what they are, chances are most kids do.  They are gaining popularity with school children across the country.  

The devices are meant to be a focusing tool for children with attention disorders like. A.D.D, anxiety, and autism.  But some school leaders are finding them in the hands of every child and that is raising some concerns about whether they're a help or a distraction.

Parents of special needs children say they find the little device - which can cost anywhere from $5 to $50 dollars - a big help.

Erika Ennejjar is a parent who says, "In group settings if they have something to play with a lot of times they study better."

Arian Reis is another parent who feels the devices have a positive effect.  “I don't mind them.  Instead of him making noise on the table or banging his foot or maybe grabbing things, he has that just for himself."

Judy Falaro is a Special Needs Program Director who feels things like stress balls, a break in classroom time, or other time tested means may be more helpful to students and keep everyone in class more focused.  "Generally I don't support these period.  As a former teacher and principal I think I truly understand the disruption for teachers.  They become a fad. Every kid in the classroom has them and they're spinning them while teachers are trying to teach and what’s happening is a huge disruption."

Mom Jodie Petruzzelli, who’s son has P.T.S.D. and  made his own fidget spinner, says as long as the kids aren't pulling the toys out in class every child could benefit from one.  “I think they're a good distraction, I don't think there's anything bad about them.”

In some parts of the country schools now only  allow them at the teacher’s discretion while some schools have banned them, unless they are part of a special needs student's 504 plan.

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