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Fidget spinners: a fun focusing tool, or a distraction in the classroom?

Both kids and kids-at-heart are going crazy for a new toy fad sweeping the nation. They're called “Fidget Spinners,” and while they’re fun for many, they’re also a colorful tool intended to help people pay attention. (Erica Scripa/WCIV)

Both kids and kids-at-heart are going crazy for a new toy fad sweeping the nation.

They're called “Fidget Spinners,” and while they’re fun for many, they’re also a colorful tool intended to help people pay attention.

“It gives them something to do with their hands while they’re focusing,” said Christine Osborne, an occupational therapist and owner of Wonder Works store. “It’s kind of like mental flexibility. It all works physiologically and its great."

Osborne says the Fidget Spinner keeps your hands busy, so your brain can focus.

"These are functioning items and their spinning and they help them focus," Osborne said. "They’re great for adults too.”

Stores are struggling to keep them in stock. The spinners hit shelves in October, and Osborne says they're working overtime just to keep them in stock.

Reportedly, there have been concerns raised in schools about whether the spinners are more of a distraction than an aid, and even talks of banning them from classrooms. ABC News 4 was unable to confirm any such actions have been taken locally.

Officials with Dorchester District Two say the spinners are still welcome in their classrooms because they have been effective helping children with ADHD concentrate.

DD2 officials say any distractions are dealt with on a case-by-case basis, and they have no intentions of banning the toy.

The Charleston and Berkeley county school districts did not respond to requests for comments on this story.

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