Help Unban Sensory Items in Schools
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Fidget Spinners. Everyone has heard or seen them now. They have been all over TV, newspapers and social media. They are, what reports are saying, the "New craze."
For those who don't know what they are, fidget spinners are a 3 (or more) prong device with a bearing in the centre that you flick with your finger. This device was created to help those who are on the autism spectrum or suffered from anxiety. The fidget spinners are a calming mechanism for them. Research has shown; and Occupational Therapists highly recommend this product as well as the fidget cube, to help with the Sensory overload people come by.
Over the past few months, the Fidget spinners have become more and more popular among young children, as well as adults. On the 4th May, the number 1 trending thing on EBay was the Fidget Spinners. If you googled "Fidget Spinner", you will get multiple links to online stores selling the product but now the top links are news reports about the new "Craze" and how they are becoming banned in our schools. This I, as well as many other parents who have children on the spectrum will agree with me, is not fair. Children have come in, who just see them as a toy; which is a name I have also seen them labeled as, using them in class when not needed, distracting others, doing everything but what they are intended to do. It is not fair on the children in our mainstream schools, trying to be like everyone else, but need a little extra help when it comes to concentration or a Sensory overload, not being able to use them. Many schools have banned them, I have read posts on Facebook from Autism support groups; who's children who are on the spectrum, aren't allowed to have their fidget spinners in class. Yes I agree, they can be a distraction with the noise they make, but if used correctly, the children who really need to use it will make sure it's out of sight, in their own personal space.
What happened to inclusion? These children NEED these to help them learn. The Australian Government, Department of Education and everyone else involved need band together and create a plan to control this. Enforce a rule for schools to allow these children to have this device. And it's not only the Spinners, but it's the cubes and any other device that can help these children get through their school day. Bring in a rule that they are only allowed in class if it is certified by an Occupational Therapist maybe? Doesn't seem that hard.
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