CHEWIGEM – for the need to chew.
Sensory processing is how we transform information from within our own bodies and the external environment into messages we can act on. It is recognized that some children struggle in processing and responding to the oral sensory information they encounter in everyday life. Some children experience decreased sensitivity to oral sensory input which requires more oral sensory input to help them regulate their behavior. Observed behaviors may include biting or chewing on non-food objects such as clothing, hands and fingers.
The use of chewy toys such as Chewigem may be used to help children prevent this type of behavior. The Chewigem products assist by providing a stylish design that mimics jewelry styles found in everyday fashion such as necklaces. Chewigem have a range of different textures that provide the child with personal tactile experiences for the hands and the mouth. Chewigem products are also great for children to use during therapy sessions. Therapists may redirect children to use their ‘necklace’ to help self-regulate behavior and keep calm preventing behaviors such biting or chewing on non-food objects. This provides the child greater opportunity for success during therapy sessions.