Pros and cons of spinners and fidget cubes for children with ADHD

According to some experts, the use of fidget spinners and fidget cubes can help children with ADD (attention deficit disorder) and ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder).

However, psychiatrist, Dr Renata Schoeman says these kinds of statements should be individualised. She says there is no scientific study to prove the value of these toys.

There is only anecdotal evidence... there are completely inconclusive.

Dr Renata Schoeman, psychiatrist

She says the toys are beneficial for social activities and can help certain children with anxiety and ADHD to help them self regulate and pay attention.

It helps regulate emotions, to calm them down and to help them not to impulsively jump around so they can sit still and focus better.

Dr Renata Schoeman, psychiatrist

Schoeman says there are also cons to these toys which is instant gratification. She says in the process you might be teaching a child that if they are feeling bad they cants just "spin" in stead of creating long-term strategies.

She says in a school environment, these toys might be a distraction to other children without ADHD.

Listen to more info from Dr Renata Schoeman below:


Read More
ADHD: commonly misunderstood symptoms

ADHD: commonly misunderstood symptoms

Aubrey Masango spoke to parenting coach, Mia Von Scha about assumptions on Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder.

Tips to assist you if your partner has ADHD

Tips to assist you if your partner has ADHD

Here are common problems you may experience with a partner who suffers from attention deficit disorder and what you can do.

An initiative to help detect ADHD in children is launched

An initiative to help detect ADHD in children is launched

The Goldilocks and The Bear Foundation launched a new initiative which aims to reach children across the country, free of charge.

Goldilocks and The Bear Foundation launches ADHD screening for needy communities

Goldilocks and The Bear Foundation launches ADHD screening for needy communities

Children in rural and township communities with the attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) are often misdiagnosed.

Causes and effects of anxiety in children under the microscope

Causes and effects of anxiety in children under the microscope

Dr Kedi Motingoe explains the symptoms of anxiety and what can be done to help children who suffer from anxiety disorders.

Family matters:  Childhood ADHD can persist into adulthood

Family matters: Childhood ADHD can persist into adulthood

Dr Schoeman conducted a study which specifically focuses on the psychiatric management and funding for treatment of adult ADHD.

 Intellectual disabilities gets the spotlight in March

Intellectual disabilities gets the spotlight in March

March is Intellectual Disabilities Awareness Month which is aimed at educating people about this disability - #Barriersmustfall.

Popular articles
[LISTEN] 'We are dealing with an outbreak of Listeriosis' - Dr Thomas

[LISTEN] 'We are dealing with an outbreak of Listeriosis' - Dr Thomas

Head of the Centre for Enteric Diseases at the NICD Dr Thomas says that Listeriosis is problematic because it isn’t notifiable.

Publisher saves South African students billions with free textbooks

Publisher saves South African students billions with free textbooks

This year we're going to hit a million downloads of free textbooks in SA - James van der Westhuizen, country manager for Bookboon.

‘Conflicted’ Zuma will never again have say in appointing NPA boss, court hears

‘Conflicted’ Zuma will never again have say in appointing NPA boss, court hears

Shaun Abrahams is no longer the National Director of Public Prosecutions and President Zuma can't appoint his replacement.

Steinhoff money woes and why you should care

Steinhoff money woes and why you should care

The company lost around R100 billion leaving the JSE reeling in one of the biggest private sector business scandals.

Few retirement funds unaffected by Steinhoff implosion (i.e. you just got had)

Few retirement funds unaffected by Steinhoff implosion (i.e. you just got had)

Your money, and Steinhoff… Bruce Whitfield interviews Certified Financial Planner Peter Calitz.

‘There were clear warning signs at Steinhoff. All of which fund managers missed’

‘There were clear warning signs at Steinhoff. All of which fund managers missed’

The Money Show’s Bruce Whitfield interviews Sygnia Group CEO Magda Wierzycka.

Zille: 40 000 affordable housing units in the pipeline for WC

Zille: 40 000 affordable housing units in the pipeline for WC

Western Cape Premier Helen Zille says the government plays a crucial role in the provision of affordable housing in the province.