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Fidget spinners: How they went from being a toy to help autistic kids to being a national phenom

USA Today – Joseph Pisani

“Stores can’t keep them in stock. Parents are scrambling to find them. And some schools have banned them. The mania for fidget spinners — the 3-inch twirling gadgets taking over classrooms and cubicles — is unlike many other toy crazes. They’re not made by a major company, timed for the holiday season, or promoted in TV commercials. They’re more easily found at gas stations or 7-Eleven than at big toy chains. “It just took off,” says Richard Gottlieb, a consultant at Global Toy Experts in New York. Fidget spinners have been around for years, mostly used by kids with autism or attention disorders to help them concentrate. But they exploded in popularity this spring.”(more)

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