Spinning Fidget Toys: Helpful or distracting?

In a recent opinion piece on the Huffington Post Canada website, the author takes to task a spinning fidget toy getting a lot of attention lately. This issue at hand, it seems, is how the makers of this toy are marketing it - they're allegedly tauting it as a tool to help improve focus. We've talked before about how there are many benefits to what we call 'fidget toys' in helping children (and adults) focus better. But, it seems like this particular toy is more distracting than anything, and diverting attention to the toy itself.

Check out the article: Spinning Fidget Toys have some ADHD Experts Reeling

Tools to help manage ADHD: Pedal Desks

Does your child have ADHD? Check out the article Every School Should have Pedal Desks for Kids with ADHD posted on the Huffington Post Canada website. It talks about a pilot project in Brampton, where bicycle desks replaced traditional desks. They also introduced ideas like "regular yoga and dance breaks."

The pedal desk is an interesting idea, but we love the idea of non-traditional options at school that encourage movement! Exercise and movement is something we're seeing more and more as beneficial for children (and adults!) with ADHD.