Fidget Spinners, Stimming, and Anxiety: What’s the Big Deal?

We welcome back guest author Gemma Luton who is raising awareness of a device that gained in considerable popularity this year – fidget spinners! Gemma discusses the ‘gadget’, stimming and how it can aid those with anxiety.

Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past few weeks, it’s likely that you’ve heard of ‘fidget spinners’. You may have read a story about them in the paper. You may have seen them dancing in small fingers wherever children gather. You may even use one yourself. These small, twirly devices have become a major craze – to the frustration of several school teachers, and more than a few parents – however, what makes these toys slightly more controversial than the average childhood must-have is the fact that manufacturers claim they can help children to cope with ADHD, anxiety, autism, and a number of other such issues.

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Asperger’s (AS) and Autism (ASD): The reality for these wonderful and unique individuals

I never fail to be concerned by the significant number of clients I meet who have/appear to have, traits often associated with Autism and Asperger’s in their various presentations, and who are without a diagnosis. It has been estimated that in the UK alone, as many as 1 in 100 people are with some form of autism!

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