I have been hearing a lot about fidget spinners lately, but I have yet to lay my hands on one. I hear a lot of negativity out there in regards to them and kids playing with them in class. As an adult with ADD I would like to see if I can bring this to light a bit. I have ADD, it is not something I say because I have forgotten something or I have a lot on my mind; it is a diagnosed condition that I have in the past taken medication for. While I am on the subject of people claiming to have disorders as a joke I also have dyslexia which plaques me on a daily basis and I have learned to live around people constantly saying they are dyslexic because they made some small error while writing or speaking. I would invite anyone to come live in my head for a day and see how bad the wiring in the mind of a dyslexic really is. I digress.

One of the main reasons I wound up in Greenwood, and thank God I did, was for the school system. It became apparent early on that my current school was not doing me any favors. I started out at Cook Elementary. I liked the school but there was a problem; it had an open floor plan, which means that it did not have any walls and while I was sitting in class in the first grade not only could I see and hear every other first grade class but I could also see every second grade class, third grade class and so on. I fared a bit better in Greenwood due to understanding teachers not to mention doors and walls.

As the years have past I have learned to cope with the disorder without any meds but I do things, like fidget. I carry a baseball with me that I spin in my hand, write on it with a pen, toss it in the air and bounce it on the floor. If I am in a meeting where a ball might look unprofessional I tend to be moving in some small way all of the time or scribbling in a notebook.

While I agree it would be annoying to have every student in a classroom spinning some crazy thing all of the time I would ask on behalf of a kid who does not have the confidence to do so to cut him or her some slack. It would seem to me that if the kid has a genuine problem their behavior and grades would improve and if not they might slip. My wife, who is a school teacher, says she thinks of me when she has a student who can’t stop moving and tries to allow them a little more space. She has heard the stories of how some teachers choose to deal with my behavior and the damage it did to me and takes the time to try to help and not belittle a student that might be trying their best. Give kids the opportunity to learn how to cope with their minds that race and jump from thought to thought constantly, because as exhausting as it is to watch it is more exhausting to do and believe it or not fidgeting helps.