For many individuals with ADHD, movement enhances focus. But the key to an effective fidget toy, whether it's squeezing a stress ball or peeling the label from a water bottle, is that engagement with the item happens largely without awareness, as focus lands elsewhere. With spinners, the focus seems to be landing on spinners, and that makes them distractions, not tools.
Dr. Doron Almagor is a Child, Adolescent and Adult Psychiatrist (Royal College Subspecialty Certified) who completed his specialty training in Psychiatry at the University of Toronto and is an expert in the diagnosis and treatment of ADHD and associated issues. He is the Chair of CADDRA (The Canadian Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder Resource Alliance). In addition to directing The Possibilities Clinic (possibilitiesclinic.com), he has an appointment with the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Toronto and The Hincks-Dellcrest Centre. He has served as the President of the Ontario Psychiatric Association (OPA). Dr. Almagor was trained as a psychoanalyst and is a member of the International Psychoanalytic Association. He has lectured internationally and taught a variety of courses in the areas of ADHD and its comorbid disorders such as Learning Disabilities and anxiety.
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