Angular, round or spangled, dual spinner, three spinners or more … A creative little toy was played with on the fingers of those schoolboys, and perhaps even your colleagues. It whirls quickly over a long time on any surface and it has become the most popular toy at this moment. This toy is called the fidget spinner – or hand spinner – its impact among the students are that distinct that more and more American schools begin to prohibit it.
The fidget spinner was invented by an American mother, Catherine Hettinger, in 1997. In the English newspaper, The Guardian, she explained that she had the idea of this toy during one summer when she suffered from myasthenia gravis, a disease that causes muscle weaknesses. Catherine Hettinger has a hard time playing with her daughter, Sara.
“It was not even a prototype, just a semblance of other things, but when it started to play in a different way, I sprouted on the idea of a spinning toy.”she said.
Another version of this story suggested that Catherine Hettinger once had the idea of the fidget spinner after observed young Palestinians throwing stones on police officers, when she visited her sister in Israel.
Anyway, the inventor thus reflected on an object which could catch player’s attention and calm them to a certain degree. Catherine might have been interviewed on CNN, but no one could find the exact source of this story after it relayed in several versions.
Sadly, the toy was, at that time, of little success. Catherine ceded the patent right in 2005. Since then, parents of children with autism have discovered a useful treatment – it manages to fix the symptoms of constantly fidget and concentration failure among ADHD patients,especially children around 4 to 17 years of age. This toy also helps in the appeasing process for over-stress adults
“I was able to see the benefits of this object,” said the mother of an ADHD child.
Her son and her noticed that when they used it, it allowed them to focus solely on the spinning front and not to be distracted by other things.”After a period of use, we both felt that his attention disorder seemed improved,” the mother said.