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Let me set the scene for you:

Michael, my wonderful 12 year old son, is getting into the car after a day of school.  ( I usually pick him up because his bus route is so LONG!)

He gets into the car, starts talking to me, grabs the water bottle that is sitting in the console, opens it, takes one or two sips and proceeds to chew the lid until it is no long round in shape but almost like a small, white, plastic taco.

And by chew, I mean really chew.  This is not something new for him.

He is a “chewer.” He chews on the collar of his shirts, the lids of water bottles that squirt, the corner of blankets when he is watching TV and more.

I must say that our conversation each day in the car after school involves me saying “take the lid out of your mouth” at least twice.  It would probably be more but we live only a mile from the school.

He has a basket of alternative items to chew to give him the input he is craving.  I even put out gum but there isn’t really “one thing” he will grab to chew.  Usually we will pry an item out of his hands and insert one of the alternatives, until this wonderful item was introduced to Michael…..and its name if CHEWIGEM.

This chewy pendant is shaped like a rain drop, is on a string necklace and is simply wonderful.

Trust me, we have purchased other items like this but I think what makes this so great is the consistency of the pendant.  It is not rigid.   It allows for Michael to use it without feeling discomfort, which is what he said about the other ones.

It also bends.  Which means he can chew it flat or fold it and chew it for more input.

He woke up this morning, came into the kitchen for a hug, then went to the basket to get the CHEWIGEM and sat on the couch to watch some TV.  He really, really likes it.

Michael is a typically developing child, who has a need for this kind of input. So I am so happy there are things out there for him.  But I know that so many of our special needs children, especially those who have Sensory Processing Disorder(SPD),may  crave this kind of input.  I know these items would be a good fit for them.

Another nice thing is that the lanyard has a break away clasp on it so if your child chooses to use it as a necklace, to keep it with them, you can be sure that they will not be choked by the lanyard.  You will have to keep in mind the age and development of your child to fully gauge the choking hazard of the pendant itself.

It is also safe to chew as it is BPA free and I cannot say the lids I talked about before are.

It is also fun to play with because of its texture and that it is so bendable. It can be used as a fidget too!  With the holidays upon us and stress riding high, maybe not such a bad idea to get one to offer to your special needs child at this busy time.  Or if you are like me, to your child who is currently chewing on a bottle lid.

In any event, take a peek at our site to read more and see if it is a fit for your world.  I know ours is!!

I wish everyone a peaceful week.

Michele Gianetti author of “I Believe In You: A Mother and Daughter’s Special Journey” and “Emily’s Sister”

 

 

 

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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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