SALISBURY, Md. - A new toy has spun into classrooms across the nation and some schools are banning the newest trend calling it a distraction.
With a flick of a finger, it spins. It lights up. This colorful device popping up in classrooms is called the fidget spinner.
Some schools nationwide are banning the fidget spinner but one school in Salisbury is using it to their advantage.
Salisbury Christian School is just another school across the nation noticing the popular trend.
The lower school principal Dr. Steven Lamkin tells 47 ABC instead of shutting the toy out of their classrooms, they are hoping to help students who have difficulty paying attention.
"For students with attention difficulties, or with anxiety, having something that's not distracting that they just can play with in their hands, can help them focus and be more productive in the classroom," Dr. Lamkin says.
Dr. Lamkin says he has seen fads come and go for sometime and by focusing on how it can help, they are trying to put a positive spin on the latest craze.
"Finding ways that those fads that kids are really excited about right now and figuring out how to tie that in the curriculum is another great way to keep a little more focus on the positive and embrace those things in the classroom instead of just shutting them out," Dr. Lamkin tells 47 ABC.
We sat down with a therapist from LifeMark in Salisbury, Janelle Beiler.
In her experience, the fidget spinner is just another tool helping children concentrate in the classroom.
Beiler says, "It gives them a safe place to get rid of energy to do something with their body so their mind can do what it needs to do. This is taking care of that and keeping them occupied so their brain can stay focus on what we are trying to do."
For students who don't have that attention difficulty, this toy can be a distraction, hindering their concentration.
But for those in class who really need it, it's only a catalyst.
"Certainly you need to have consequences in place if it does become a distraction to learning but ultimately we want to keep our kids engaged in learning and if those things help them, than that's a good thing," Dr. Lamkin states.
Salisbury Christian says some teachers have used the toy in their curriculum.
One teacher proposed the idea of constructing their own fidget spinner with Legos.
Another is using it towards math for data collection, where they are spinning the fidget spinners in different places around the classroom and timing how long they spin for.
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