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This is a repost from Joyful Journey Mom. Jenni is a mom with 5 children through birth and adoption. She writes about parenting, special needs, adoption and their journey as a multi-cultural, transracial family. Read the original post here.

Bonus: All readers get 30% off all chewing products at Special Needs Essentials with code CHEW30! All you have to do is find the right one for your child.

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Chewies are a great way to help children with oral sensory needs. Some children chew on their clothing, some put any and all objects in their mouths and this can be dangerous if the wrong toy is chewed or swallowed. Allowing a child to chew on a safe object can actually improve their focus/concentration, improve alertness or calmness.

Here are some of my favorite chewies that we use in our home. Not all look like a typical chewing toy which is important when choosing a chewie for an older child.

Chewy Q

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This is a great tool because it is easy to hold and durable. We have used ours daily and it shows no signs to breaking. The Q comes in a smooth orange or a red one with knobs. Both have their benefits and I would recommend trying both to see which one your child prefers.

Red Chewy Tube

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Chewy tubes come in different diameters and strengths. This is definitely considered heavy work for children with oral sensory needs. It’s easy to hold although we tend to drop this one more than the round shapes like the Q above.

Soft Star Chew

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The soft star chew is great for kids who tend to chew on clothing. The soft star and the soft necklace texture also work for children who do not like the smooth plastic type textures.

Chew Stixx Pencil Toppers

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School aged children need something that is age appropriate and for some, the pencil toppers are a great choice. This saves pencils and erasers from being chewed. They come in smooth and knobby textures.

Chewable Jewlery Bracelet Set

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These bracelets are also a great school appropriate chewie choice. They come in variety of colors and look like an ordinary bracelet.

In addition to Chewies, the Special Needs Essentials online store offers numerous great products for loved ones with special needs. I especially appreciate their Therapist Preferred section that has a wonderful assortment of daily tools recommended by professionals.

What sensory chewie tools do you use with your child?

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mother's day

Most moms will wake up today with a special day in store — breakfast in bed, maybe a homemade card, or a present that was thoughtfully chosen. For a special needs’ mom, the day is wonderful still, of course, but special needs children don’t always understand the sentiment, and the occasion can pass by ignored or misunderstood. And so Mother’s Day is just another day of challenges from the word ‘go.’

And that’s OK, because those moms are exceptional enough to know that every day is special. Their gifts come in different packages, day in and day out. They do whatever it takes to help their children succeed, and when they do, that’s a gift.

Motherhood is challenging for every mom, but being there of a special needs’ kid changes the game entirely. The stress levels a normal mom experiences when their child needs stitches, for example, is how a special needs’ mom may feel all the time! So let’s think about those moms on this day, too and give them some extra love.

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Do you know a special needs mom? Take a moment out of this Mother’s Day weekend to do something sweet for her. Bring a meal, take her to a movie, or give her a day-spa voucher. We communicate with these amazing moms every day, and we’re continuously inspired by their constant dedication. They welcome each new morning and every new battle. So Happy Mother’s Day to every mom out there, but an extra-enthusiastic high-five and Happy Mother’s Day to mothers of kids with special needs!

If a mom you know is struggling to help her child with special needs this Mother’s Day, Special Needs Essentials can help. Our products are educational and therapeutic, with living aids, play to learn, and sensory products that improve motor function and cognitive development, plus we provide daily living assistance.

You can find our top moms’ product picks here, including a weighted turtle blanket, chewable jewelry, an Ergo stylus, and textured building blocks. Let us know how we can help you and your challenges today.

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