A sort of top, which is part of the list of toys of success of the year 2017, disappears from the shelves quickly and imposes itself in the schools of the country. Schools in some of the cities of Quebec and New Brunswick have already banned the toy in the classroom, leading many distractions caused by it. In Winnipeg, a 12-year-old child with misophony, a rarely diagnosed disorder characterized by negative experiences triggered by specific sounds, was given a little less than a week ago this new toy.
Connor Peterson spins the plastic top between his fingers in a playground. He and his mother say that this toy, called fidget spinner, helps manage its crises. These can be caused by the simple sound of a student chewing gum, breathing heavily or sniffing, and his mother noticed the fast and beneficial effect of this toy on the behavior of her child.
The boy explains that over the last two years he managed to calm his symptoms by tapping his fingers. He would also ask his teacher to be exempted from the courses. However, after acquiring his new toy, he says he would like to stay in class.
Doubtful Beneficial Effects
Human behavior psychologist Kirsten Wirth says there is not enough evidence to prove that toys really help children to concentrate. To find out if the toy is helping a particular child or not, Ms. Wirth recommends that parents and teachers spot some specific behaviors and follow them for a few weeks, with or without the toy.
A amazing success
The owner of the Toad Hall Toys store in Winnipeg, Kari England, is surprised by the speed of sales of the toy she describes as simple, but with a beautiful sensation. The first order of 50 plastic tops was exhausted in less than two hours. The second and third commands also passed quickly. More tops are expected in the next few days.