The thing with mouthing and chewing items is that you don’t really realize how much of it is sensory until a child is outgrowing their toddler years. When a child is two or even three and he puts a toy in his mouth, you assume its part of being a toddler. However when a four or five year old, is still putting toys in their mouth you know there’s an issue. Unfortunately this is also an age that kids are venturing out, kids are starting preschool or kindergarten, kids are making friends and realizing what is the social norm and what isn’t.
As an autism mom I want to raise my children as main stream as possible, and to me sending my five year old off to school with a piece of rubber that I could totally mistake for a toy I’d throw at my puppy just didn’t seem right.
I recently learned about ChewiGem through this review and I am very excited. I know as my children progress through school the needs of their sensory processing disorder will become an issue that they will need to self regulate and instead of chewing on clothes, hair, or pencils, having ChewiGem as an option will be a great relief. The jewelry is fun and funky in design so that no one would guess that it is a therapy item and my kids are excited to wear them, however they are durable and safe enough that these items are very usable.