Many school-aged children with learning and behavioral needs, have benefited from the use of a therapeutic tool known as a “chewy” and similar oral-motor sensory tools. A “chewy” is a cylinder-shaped piece of rubber tubing, which is placed in the mouth and sucked or chewed on.
When a child utilizes a sensory tool like a “chewy,” it appears to have a calming, organizing, and focusing effect. In addition, for some children who put non-edible items in their mouths, a “chewy” can provide an appropriate sensory alternative. For more research-based literature about the positive effects of “chewies” see Perspectives on an Oral Motor Activity: The Use of Rubber Tubing as a “Chewy.”
P’s & Q’s offer a safe, non-toxic durable surface for individuals who
self-soothe by biting or chewing. Teething babies can also use Q’s to
practice biting and chewing and for mouth exploration. Q’s are more
suitable for babies as they cannot gag on the stem. P’s & Q’s are intended
for individual use, with adult supervision.
Video on the “Chewy” Sensory Tool
2. Chew Stixx
- Aims to lessen anxiety and improve attention span for those with sensory needs
- Provides a chewing alternative to those with oral fixations
- Pocket sized/Can be easily taken anywhere
- Strongest/Durable oral motor devices on the market today
Knobby Texture Chewy Tube is an oral motor device is designed to provide a resilient, non-food, chewable surface for practicing biting and chewing skills. Fun little ‘knobbies’ on the stem of this Chewy Tube provides even greater oral and tactile stimulation! Can be used for teething babies, children, and adults with a need to bite and chew.
Created for ages four and up. Abilitations Chewelery Chewable Necklaces are ideal for the prevention of tendencies such as chewing on clothes or fingernails. They can improve chewing and swallowing skills as well.
Created for ages four and up. Abilitations Chewelery Chewable Necklaces are ideal for the prevention of tendencies, such as chewing on clothes or fingernails. They can improve chewing and swallowing skills as well.
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Rachel Wise is a certified school psychologist and licensed behavior specialist with a Master’s Degree in Education. She is also the head author and CEO at educationandbehavior.com, a site for parents, educators, and counselors to find effective, research-based strategies that work for children. Rachel has been working with individuals with academic and behavioral needs for over 20 years and has a passion for making a positive difference in the lives of children and the adults who support them.