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Do Fidget Spinners Really Help With ADHD? Nope, Experts Say

Do Fidget Spinners Really Help With ADHD? Nope, Experts Say

They're touted as handheld, bring-anywhere gadgets that can eliminate anxiety and even help focus kids and adults with ADHD. But it turns out fidget spinners, the new toy so popular stores are selling out of them and teachers are banning them from their classrooms, may not be as effective at aiding mental focus as people claim. Dr. Mark Stein, director of ADHD and related disorders at Seattle Children's Hospital, says fidget spinners should not overtake proven methods of treating the condition.

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