How do you express your neurodivergence with kandi?

KandiSoap 9/25/2021 08:26 pm 493

Hello! I've just started working on an article about neurodivergence and kandi for a zine about various alt subcultures. I'm interested in hearing some ways other neurodivergent people use kandi to express said neurodivergence (For example I use my kandi to stim by shaking it around on my wrists). So if you'd like, please respond to this thread with your answer. If you don't want your username (or other name if you'd rather) used in the article let me know and I'll keep it anonymous, otherwise I'll credit you by default (like "Username says they use kandi to blah blah blah"). Thank you!

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Oct 24, 2021 8:13 am

i personally like to roll my kandi cuffs up and down on my arm because of the sound it makes and the texture of the beads

i made a mini 3d shaker cube that i can stim with n stuff (like squish it and shake it)

making kandi can help me be distracted and it can have me have some time to catch up on a tv show im watching

also the amount of colors and shapes and charms i can use honestly makes it even more fun and satisfies my brain aesthetic wise iykwim

another thing is that making cute little charms or just cuffs with soft colors is really nice and comforting : D

Oct 24, 2021 8:01 am

I personally find kandi to be super comforting, just having it on makes me feel more confined into myself (I disassociate a lot) and it really helps me remember that I'm a human and like things and I have thoughts

Oct 24, 2021 6:36 am

idk if I'm neurodivergent or not but I do like to move the beads on singles around cos it's just fun to do and distracts me : D

I'm usually too scared to do anything else than that because I feel like I'm going to annoy people, cos the beads are so loud for no reason, and then they're going to make fun of me for wearing like 15-20 bracelets all up my arms :/

Sep 26, 2021 8:26 pm

idk if i'm nd (no way to get diagnosed rn kao cry) but i really like to:

-- roll the beads around under my fingers

-- wiggle/stretch my (kandi) worm on a string and let it snap back bc i like the sound of the beads hitting each other kao happy

Sep 26, 2021 7:50 pm

idk if im neurodivergent (cause no diagnosis >:0) but I love keeping kandi on my wrists and moving them around and rubbing the beads together because it sounds so nice and calms me down also so. many. pretty. colours.

Sep 26, 2021 5:10 pm

I typically use my kandi to stim during class, and i even have a rianbow infinity kandi bracelet i wear sometimez! kand iis also something that calms me down if i get too stressed.

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Sep 26, 2021 4:47 pm

pretty colors pretty colors pretty colors pretty colors

also the community aspect is super cool and makes me feel like a part of something. not jsut wearable art but art that's ment to be shared makes my brain happy, especially in an environment that puts an unnecisary amount of importance on being unique (very origonal oc do not steal)

even if i can't really wear my stuff unless i sew fabric in it...gotta love sensory processsign disorder

Sep 26, 2021 4:24 pm

@zipzapzero: same!!

Sep 26, 2021 4:19 pm

when i'm wearing kandi i'll shake my arms bc the sound is v good !!1 but if i'm somewhere wear i have to be quiet(er) i'll just play with the beads on my singles or squish my cuffs so they're flat !!1 cheer

Sep 26, 2021 1:54 pm

I love to smoosh my carousel cuff XD

Also shaking my singles is always fun too lol

And I think that picking up kandi as a hobby also helps me stay off of a screen especially when I'm fixated on making/completing a cuff (although when im so invested like that i'll forget to use the toilet and drink water and just generally ignore my bodily needs??? anyways, staying up until 2 am making a cuff is usually worth it lmao)