My son is a chewer. By this, I mean that he loves to chew on things that aren’t meant to be chewed.
The irony in this is that when we adopted him at 18 months of age, his chewing skills were so underdeveloped that he couldn’t even eat solid foods unless we pureed them to the consistency of baby food. Over time, of course, he learned to chew food. And he also developed a penchant for chewing on lots of other things as well.
For months we battled with him about chewing things he was not supposed to chew. Then I recently learned about a new solution for his need to chew that has made a big difference for us.
Note: You can find more ideas for meeting kids sensory needs on my Sensory Play page.
My son’s chewing has been a source of frustration for me and my husband. This is because he often destroys things with his chewing, like the straws to his plastic cups. But no matter how much we told him not to chew, he just couldn’t help himself.
I don’t believe my son chews to “be bad.” I don’t believe his chewing is a discipline issue. I believe his chewing is a sensory processing issue. He simply has a high need to chew. However, we didn’t necessarily have a productive alternative for him to meet his need to chew without destroying things.
That is, we didn’t have a productive solution until I learned about ChewiGem chew jewelry.
Please note that this post is not sponsored. I purchased a ChewiGem after learning about it, and I am sharing information about ChewiGem only because it has benefitted our family and will no doubt be a benefit to other families as well.
ChewiGem chew jewelry is designed to look like jewelry, so kids feel good wearing it. But it is made from 100% tough, food grade silicone, so it is also safe for kids to chew.
I purchased the dog tag style of ChewiGem for my son, and he wears it around his neck. ChewiGem jewelry also comes in a variety of other styles, including raindrop pendants, skull pendants, and bracelets.
My son enjoys chewing on his ChewiGem chew jewelry. And now, when I spot him chewing on something he shouldn’t be, instead of just saying “Don’t chew on that!”, I can say, “Here, chew on this instead.”
Happy mama, happy kid.
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