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Throughout the years there has been a point when each of our special needs kiddos NEEDED to chew, and nothing was going to stop them. Whether the need to chew was due to the constant need for sensory input or anxiety driven, we've found some amazing resources that I couldn't resist sharing.
Currently, Dinomite is my chewer. If I don't have resources on hand, LEGO pieces and tires inevitably end up in his mouth. We've even had an incident where he gave himself a laceration in his mouth. Needless to say we always make sure we have resources on hand. His favorite go to resources are the necklaces below. He wears them ALL THE TIME! I love that they're perfect for boys!
The ARK's Brick Stick Textured Chew Necklace comes in multiple colors. There are also ones that are mild, extra tough, and extra extra tough to meet the needs of different types of chewers. If you have a LEGO lover, this is sure to be a hit!
The Bumkins Dc Comics Silicone Teething Pendant, Batman Onyx is currently Dinomite's favorite. He wore it every day of our last vacation, and boy did it survive A LOT of chewing.
THe Super Light Ruby River Rock-Teething Necklace by Zen Rocks is yet another favorite boy design for Dinomite. It's a great to add to the superhero rotation.
Princess also tends to chew on things, particularly her fingers. She has been thrilled to know there are chew necklaces just for her and her girlie fashion choices.
What's not to like about the Siliconies Froggy Pendant - Silicone Necklace? It's perfect for Spring.
The Siliconies Turtle Pendant - Silicone Necklace comes in multiple colors, but of course Princess chose pink.
The Stimtastic Chewable Silicone Round Pendant is one of those stylish necklaces that will go with just about anything, especially if it's purple.
Princess loves the Dolphin Silicone Necklace for Teething Babies and Kids, as the dolphin is one of her favorite animals.
Some children will not wear necklaces. In these cases other chewing resources may help. Check out these pencil toppers. My husband jokes that I need some of these as I'm constantly chewing on pen caps. Lol. You'll notice that there are multiple color and hardness options for girls and boys.
GoGoChews Chewable Pencil Toppers-Boy Colors
Chewable Pencil Topper-Girl Colors
ARK's Krypto-Bite Chewable Pencil Topper Tubes-Girl Colors
The first kiddo that NEEDED to chew was Bulldozer. When he was a young toddler he would chew his shirts until they were completely soaked. Luckily he wasn't strong enough to chew through them. Our OT at the time gave us some of these chew resources to use. Little did I know at the time that there were so many choices and options within choices!
The Chewy Stixx Oral Tubes Tough Bar---For children with aggressive biting habits comes in different strengths for different chewers. If you have a kiddo how chews with super strength try the Chewy Stixx Oral Tubes XL Extreme.
For those kiddos who crave flavor, check out these options! Oh how I wish I had known they existed when Bulldozer wsa little. He would have LOVED the chocolate flavored one.
Different children prefer different grasps and shapes in their mouth, so if the first option above doesn't work, you may want to try the CHEW STIXX ORAL CHEW. It also comes in different flavors and scents.
Another option is the ARK's Textured Grabber XT - Extra Tough Sensory Oral Motor Chew Tool. It also comes in XXT (Xtra Xtra Tough) and Very Soft & Chewy. There are two scents available.
Your last option is Chewy Tubes. They come in Yellow, Green, Red, and Blue.
The last two resources for children who need to chew on our list are Bulldozer's favorites from the past. He used them all the time.
The Abilitations Integrations Chewlery Chewable Jewelry - Set of 7 Necklaces - Assorted Colors is perfect for young kiddos. Bulldozer actually wore them around his waist, so when he went to grap his shirt, he grapped them instead.
The Abilitations Integrations Chewlery Chewable Jewelry - Set of 7 - Assorted Colors Abilitations were perfect to wear on his sleeve for when he tried to chew there. I absolutely love the texture of these. They're kind of like old telephone cords. The kiddos love to stretch them as well.
If you have a child who NEEDS to chew or bite, one or more of the options above can help. I know they've helped our kiddos a ton! For other sensory resources be sure to visit the post below.