I can click on it as if it was a pen. I can glide on it as if it was a joystick. I can flip on it as if it were a light switch. I can roll on it as if it were a combination lock. I can rub on it as if it were a rubber ducky. It is my fidget cube.
It is the newest gadget to my growing herd of gadgets. Some people on the spectrum collect stamps, rock, calendars, etc.; I collect gadgets. One of my favorite stores is the utopia of gadget merchandise: “As Seen on TV”. Most of their products I haven’t seen on TV but that’s beside the point. Some gadgets are practical and some are strictly for fun. My newest gadget is a fidget cube that is both a toy and a practical tool for my autistic need to fidget to focus.
My first sighting of this cube was a Facebook (FB) ad. I don’t usually pay attention to ads on (FB) any more than I do on the TV tube, but this ad caught my eye because it claimed to be helpful to those with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and Autism. Since I’m on the spectrum and I do fidget, I clicked on the picture to learn more about this cube. I got hooked, lined, and sinkered into ordering one from Amazon. I was dismayed that it took an entire month before I’d get my hands on one. It was like back in the day when I waited for Santa.
The cube is selling like hot cakes along with its cousin, the fidget spinner. My grandniece introduced me to the spinner and she wouldn’t sell it to me. HA! So I had to continue to wait for the cube.
Its ad claimed a total of six sensory tools on all its six sides: an on/off- switch resembling a light switch, gears, a rolling ball, a small joystick, a spinning disc, a rubbing pad, and depressible buttons. All of these fidgeting options on one cube! Since it can easily fit in my pocket, I can twiddle with the cube without public knowledge.
I have had the cube a few months now. It has lived up to its billing in the FB ad. I keep it with me pretty much all the time except I don’t take it to bed with me. I take it to school with me and fidget as needed in my pocket. It helps keep me cool, calm and collected when in the midst of chaos such as in the school gym/playground where 30-something or more sets of lungs or going off.
When I go for walks or jog in place, I take it along and click on its buttons creating a rhythm to step or jog to. Or, use it to count steps as I’m walking or jogging. While I am at a desk in writing mode, I will fiddle with the cube when needing a “brain break.”
I never thought I’d be attached to a cube but that’s the kick about life. It has its surprises. Sometimes those surprises come in small packages. With living on the autism spectrum, I’m open-minded to any gadget or app that can lighten the sensory load. With all the options on the cube, I just may give up my other fidgeting activities such as stretching a rubber band, playing with a paper clip or biting my fingernails.