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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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Many years ago we started behavior modification with Elizabeth.

Elizabeth and I had talked about why we were doing this.

It was to help her remember important things that we wanted her to remember to do each day. The list could include things like:

Did you put your dishes in the sink?

Did you remember to hang up your towel in the bathroom?

Did you tell mom about your day in sentences?

And sometimes they included:

Did you use your emotion’s chart to talk and not yell?

Did you act appropriately in school?

So you kind of get the idea. It was a way to reinforce good thinking and behavior and shape away the behaviors that were not desired. We used to talk each night and made a chart with the list of the above questions on it.

But we added something else to the conversation. For every positive thing Elizabeth did she would be given a bead. At the end of the daily chat, she would string the beads on a piece of plastic string ( more substantial to hold). This would work her fine motor skills, eye-hand coordination, and focus. The reward of the efforts was a nice long necklace.

We would then count them each night. So we would work on counting. Sometimes by 2’s then 5’s then 10’s

And when she got to an agreed upon number, she would pick a reward coupon.

These coupons were made by the two of us and included things like:

-Extra TV

-Extra dessert

– A trip to the video store.

Pretty much anything that is valued at the time.

We did this behavioral modification routine for a long, long time. She loved it and it helped her hand work, talking and behavior. It was a big success for her.

So with that story and its goals in mind, I came across this great little toy that could help with the same kind of system. At least in my opinion, because the second I saw it, I could picture Elizabeth working with it each night. And using it to reach our goals.

It is called  

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