The Chewing Issue

When you’ve got a kid who chews things to bits (Lego, ice cubes, wood, hair, his own fingers) due to some extreme combination of sensory issues, OCD, and anxiety, you’re always on the lookout for ways to alleviate that. Medication helps, as does learning relaxation techniques. But sometimes, the bad habits stick around or the sensory issues remain. And even though he stopped pulling out his hair and eating it, the kid still needs to chew.

Enter Chewy Pencil Toppers from National Autism Resources.  These durable, flexible tubes fit over the ends of pencils (or thin pens) and provide deep pressure through the use of biting or chewing. I recently received a sample and enjoyed trying them out myself! I’m sure they will be very beneficial for Nigel, especially with the potentially increased anxiety due to moving and starting at a new school. Anything that would help relieve his poor, often bleeding fingers certainly has my endorsement!

6 thoughts on “The Chewing Issue

  1. Dayna

    I’ll have to try this, jeffrey chews on everything. I love your blog, it is so informative since our boys are both teenagers.

  2. Carrie N

    Cool! This is an improvement from the lime green ‘chewy P’ we had when we went through chewing phases some time ago. Much less conspicuous, and tied to a function (for students especially).

  3. Cheryl

    Hey, Tanya, those sound pretty cool. If Nigel likes to chew on stuff, I wonder if he might benefit from a Jawcerciser. Valya Boutenko and her family have them on their website. Here’s the link if you want to check it out. I haven’t tried one out yet, but it sounds pretty cool.

  4. Tanya Savko Post author

    Dayna – thanks for the compliment about my blog!

    Carrie N – thank you so much for your interest in my book. I hope you enjoy it!

    Macrina – totally! I’ve been chewing on one all evening!

    Thanks, Cheryl! I can’t believe I didn’t think of that!

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