Watch| Fidget spinners are the current craze for tweens, Forbes even named fidget spinners the hottest office toy of the new year. While this toy has been seen as a distraction for some, for one Utah family it has changed their lives for the better.
The Cottles family expressed how fidget spinners have helped with anxiety and stress. "It calms me down when I get stressed out," Kylee Cottle, 10, said from inside the library at her school in North Salt Lake City, Utah. Kylee said the toy soothes her and helps 'break the ice' when in situations that could typically cause her panic attacks.
"Sometimes I'll have my fidget spinner and I'll see someone and they'll ask about it and we just start up a conversation," she said.
According to the 10-year-old's mother, Janel Cottle, Kylee suffers from anxiety and has seen relief from using fidget spinners, even Kylee's brother Chase is an avid fidget spinner user and his mother says it has helped him immensely. "It's very calming to me when I'm at home and he's at school, because I know he's able to focus a little bit better," Janel Cottle said.
Chase, who is on the autism spectrum, said he had tried multiple devices and gadgets to try and help soothe him and keep his hands occupied, allowing his mind to focus. He said this is the first thing that really worked for him. "It's really quiet. Its helpful and it's just fun to play around with," Chase said. The Cottles said they wanted to help others in similar situations and decided to start 'Crazy Kids Corner' where they would only sell their favorites. "We weren't actually quite honestly aware it was as big as it is when we started it," Janel Cottle said.
Their business has been running for about a month and has already restocked with 500 fidget spinners in their latest shipment. Kylee said friends are always approaching her asking about them. They ask about the colors and styles and she said it has been fun to be able to test them and share these with everyone. "I hope it helps others like it has helped us because it really has been helpful," Chase said.
"I hope it helps others like it has helped us because it really has been helpful," Chase said.
And while some schools aren't so sure about kids using their fidget spinners in class, at Spectrum Academy where Kylee and Chase attend, they welcome it. Director Brad Nelson said he is a fan of fidget spinners and sees it as an educational tool for his students.
"This has turned out to be such an incredible device because it has such a great appeal, so many different uses and angles and all these things going on at the same time. It helps them focus on their education, really - it's an educational tool, really," he said.
"I know there are teachers who are frustrated with it and there are those who love it, but if it is used appropriately, it can't be anything but a positive experience," Janel Cottle said.
One school in New York has placed a ban on fidget spinners.
Cottle added it has been very positive for her children and she is grateful they found this new tool.