Back in May of 2011 I had a huge problem. My son came home from school each day with holes in his shirt. He destroyed countless pencils, board game coins, and “reusable” plastic straws. But the worst: the perpetual trips to GameStop to replace the myriad styluses (stylii?) that were nibbled to mere nubs.
When KidCompanions Chewelry came to the rescue, I shared the exciting news on the Blog, especially because Chewelry saved me over $14.99 a month because I no longer had to buy replacement styluses. You can find the original review here.
If your child chews incessantly, understand that it is not their fault. They can’t help it. Children with Autism especially have difficulty in regulating their sensory experiences. They can have hypersensitivity or hyposensitivity to various sensations. Excessive chewing is an example of sensory hyposensitivity.
It’s been a while since Justin has been a human beaver and destroyed items by chewing. But we have other issues. He spends a lot of time on his computer, playing Minecraft, writing custom video game scripts, Skyping with children all over the world. But he’s still an 11 year-old boy with a LOT of energy!
Although we have a mini-trampoline, Gazelle Edge, yoga ball, and play time outside, he still bursts out of his room in regular intervals looking to spend his overabundance of energy SOMEWHERE.
Many times I can redirect it to one of our exercise or sensory items mentioned above, but many times it’s not enough. His energy release of choice lately is messing with the dogs. It’s not pretty.
We have three giant Alaskan Malamutes and boy does he know how to get under their
skin fur. Rest assured, these giant pups are very tolerant and patient; it’s still not a good situation for anyone involved.
Enter KidCompanions’ newest item: SentioCHEWS.
What are SentioCHEWS?
They are chewy shapes made with FDA compliant thermoplastic elastomers. SentioCHEWS are elastic, bouncy, AND tough! They have a soft, rubber feel and are pliable, NOT a hard chew like the KidCompanions Chewelry.
SentioCHEWS are more durable than competing products that are made of silicone. The chew or bite marks bounce back and do not leave teeth marks easily.
He LOVES it even more!! Now, with the addition of his favorite SentioCHEW in our toolbox, he is learning to overcome new challenges. Instead of just filling a sensory need, SentioCHEWS help him alleviate anxiety, address boredom, and actually provide repetitive, calming movement for him to tame some of that wild energy. What does this mean for our household? Less yelling, more productive activities. Even better?
Less snarling, more tail wagging.
Does your child chew incessantly? Check out Chewelry and SentioCHEWS today!