Introducing the Fidget Cube
There are many different theories about the cause of excoriation disorder, and it may be possible that more than holds true as the theories are often supported by research. One such theory is that it is caused by sensory processing disorder (SPD), whereby the person is sensory seeking. In this instance the person may benefit from self-regulating or sensory tools as a more desirable alternative to skin picking. One such tool found to be effective as a competing response are fidget toys. These are self-regulating tools that can calm or enable individuals to focus. There are a variety of different fidget tools easily accessible online.
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What is the Fidget Cube
The Fidget Cube was originally created by inventors Matthew and Mark McLachlan from Antsy Labs, as a vinyl desk toy for people who like to fidget. However when we stumpbled upon their kickstarter campaign we immediately recognized its usefulness as a potential competing response for people with body-focused repetitive behaviors (BFRBs) such as excoriation disorder. The Fidget Cube is a cube shaped toy that's filled with things to help you fidget. Each of the six sides of the cube has something different to fidget with:
- A side with 5 buttons - 3 of which that click and make a noise, and 2 that are silent
- A glider that's similar to a joystick on a gaming remote
- A toggle switch that you can flip back and forth
- An indented impression to rub to reduce anxiety. It's named 'Breathe'
- A side with 3 gears similar to a combo lock on a briefcase and a rolling ball with built-in click feature
- A circular feature that spins around with an indent to get your bearings