The hand spinner was mainly introduced as the latest toy fad, but it has somewhat evolved to show how it could help with various medical conditions such as depression, autism and ADHD. Can this toy be really beneficial in helping with these health conditions?
A Challenging Diagnosis
Autism itself is a difficult condition to treat, but medical experts have a harder time looking for symptoms of depression in patients suffering from autism. Those who have ASD show little to no facial emotion, but this doesn’t exclude them from having the blues every now and then.
Add to the fact that ASD individuals communicate with the rest of the world in limited language and speech, and that they won’t necessarily open up just to anyone makes it all the more challenging. Symptoms could overlap with those of autism as well. Some of them include the following:
– Low energy levels
– Withdrawal from society
– Noticeable sleep disturbance
– Reduced motivation
– No desire to communicate with peers
Studies have found that depression was one of the most significant factors that played a role in suicidal thoughts and suicidal attempts in children suffering from autism. Adults who are diagnosed with autism are more likely to be depressed as compared to those who don’t. They are also up to 5 times more likely to attempt suicide. For this reason, it’s important to recognize the symptoms of depression in children and adults who have the condition.
Can Fidget Spinners Ward Off Depression?
Autism patients love to engage in various sensory behaviors such as staring at fans and doing repetitive movement with their hands. A hand spinner does both, which makes them a perfect fit for children suffering from ASD and ADHD. While toy spinners are not a cure-all, they can help with depression. The sensory input of spinning and watching keeps them distracted from their emotions and allow them to focus on the toy. It can certainly shorten therapy and speed up the progress.