Saturday, December 3, 2016

OT Product Find: Chewigem

As I was in a toy store shopping for children with special needs, I came across Chewigem! It was a great find because many of the kids we encounter as Occupational Therapists, teachers, and so on do have a need to chew on something and this alternative is more age appropriate, more fashionable, discreet, and most importantly safe. 
Click on the video below for a brief overview:
Children who need the heavy oral sensory input from chewing can actually calm themselves down/keep them regulated in order to complete any tasks. However, it also can become an issue when it prevents the child from being able to fully participate in activities. There is a child I work with currently who always is chewing on something. When I work with him on bilateral integration activities, it is really hard to have both hands free to do so as he is constantly holding something to his mouth to chew on. This is a perfect example of a Chewigem alternative as I think that the Chewigem necklace would be helpful for him and support him to be hands-free. 

On the other hand, if a child is not getting enough oral sensory information, there can be concerns with speech communication, poor dental hygiene, lack of control in the muscles of the mouth and tongue, and a poor diet if they aren't using their mouth. Chewigems can also provide additional stimulation to the mouth and help stimulate chewing and tongue movements. 

Products designed for: Those who have autism, ADHD, sensory processing disorders, and other special needs communities. Appropriate for children ages 3+

Products are made of: Silicon and are lead, latex, BPA, PVC, and phthalate free 
Products intended for: Mild-moderate chewer. The Chewigems will need to be replaced once damaged as they are not indestructible. 
Products available: Necklaces, bangles, hexichew fidget toy 

Click on this link to guide you on what to buy for your child/client based on the type of chewer they are.

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