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Sensory question

Posted by on Jul. 24, 2013 at 2:13 PM
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Hi Everyone!!  It has been a long time since I have been on cafemom but I thought maybe you all could help with something.

My step-son, Steven, who lives with us full time is high-fuctioning autistic.  We have not actually had him diagnosed but will be soon.  We know he is from other specialists who gave their opinions but were not of authority to diagnose.  Plus there are obvious signs, like the fact that at almost 7 years old he is just now learning to verbally communicate with others.  One major issue we have is getting him to stop chewing/biting everything.  It was much worse a few years ago, his chewing/biting habit was dangerous as he put everything and ANYTHING in his mouth.  Not only bite but would tear it apart like all his hotwheels were completely torn apart to the point where I fought his father that we needed to take these toys away from him.  

Thankfully though that has died down alittle.  We noticed it less and less but this week it seems to be on a rise.  He'll usually put something in his mouth and catch himself but this week he seems to be not caring and just chewing stuff anyway.  Another thing he does is suck on his arm and shoulders.  Today he has a HUGE bruise on his shoulder from sucking on it.  

I think these things tend to happen when he's stressed and he just got back from visiting his grandparents for the summer and with school starting soon I would assume the biting/sucking will be constant for a little while.  

I want to ask everyone's input on sensory chewy jewelry??  I have looked around but I'm not sure.  Steven is a strong chewer and I'm worried whatever we buy for him to be able to chew, he'll just chew through it.  We have tried gum but he constantly takes it out to play with it with his hands and then puts it back in his mouth or it'll get on the floor, beds, etc.  

I appreciate any and all input, suggestions, and criticism :) 

by on Jul. 24, 2013 at 2:13 PM
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A_McCool
by on Jul. 24, 2013 at 2:22 PM

Personally, I haven't used any of them (though I have considered it ), but I would definitely recommend it.  I say this because, honestly, the chewing might not get any better.  To this day, I am a chewer.  I chew on pretty much everything.  My parents say that I chewed the varnish off the coffee table as a toddler.  

Since I have no personal experience with these, I don't know how much chewing they can withstand.  However, I do know that there is something called a Chew Stixx tough bar that is supposed to be for more aggressive chewing habits.

SnortysMom
by Cathleen on Jul. 24, 2013 at 2:25 PM
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I tried googling "heavy duty chewy toys" and I kept getting chew toys for dogs. lol.

I finally came upon this site that has chewy tubes for heavy duty chewers:

http://www.superduperinc.com/products/view.aspx?pid=OM420&s=stretchy-tubing-green-3-yards#.UfAboY2Tgz0

I hope this helps a bit.

amonkeymom
by Amy on Jul. 24, 2013 at 3:21 PM
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Welcome!

I don't know anything about chewy jewelry, my son doesn't have that issue, thankfully.  I'm thinking when you take him for diagnosis, the doctor should be able to give you some ideas for helpign with this.

JTMOM422
by Platinum Member on Jul. 24, 2013 at 3:31 PM

What about twizzlers or straws. 

JTMOM422
by Platinum Member on Jul. 24, 2013 at 3:32 PM

Or even caramel candies

kajira
by Emma on Jul. 24, 2013 at 3:38 PM
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Hi - there's chewing toys on amazon.com just look up sensory chews and you'll get tons of hits. I bought my son some rubber P and Q's to chew on. (My requirement is he keeps them in his room because I can't stand spit and they make him drool.)

I'm autistic and have uge sensory stuff - I chew gum, pencils, my clothes, all I can say is we *need* to do a lot of this, it's an urge that's like your urge to breath - the key here, is redirecting it to be less obvious, and finding more acceptable things to use than fingers and clothes.

Gum is a GREAT alternative. You just need to teach him not to swallow it, and to spit it otu when he's done.

I put all sorts of stuff in my mouth as an adult. (I'm autistic too) 

Honestly, I would maybe also just consider getting some heavy duty dog chew toys... the rubber ones are basically the same as the expensive autism chews... and for 1/10th of the price.

darbyakeep45
by Darby on Jul. 24, 2013 at 7:17 PM
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Welcome to the group!  My son has a chewy tube that he LOVES!

SnowWhieQueen
by Member on Jul. 24, 2013 at 7:28 PM

i was wondering the same thing but some one said they have some heavy duty ones that looks really cool..cuz my ds who is 6 going into 1st grade could really use one for school...

curly110024
by Member on Jul. 24, 2013 at 7:38 PM
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Our special ed teacher gave us the tip that  the Aquarium water tubes work great. I bought those and they are not expensive. It is working for us. Good Luck!

JaeNmissMae
by on Jul. 25, 2013 at 3:14 AM

Oh was it difficult for your parents to keep you from chewing the tables?  Steven has also several times chewed on the table but he knows that we disapprove so he would stop the moment we looked in his direction.  What we did find however was the edges of the windows and his bedrails (when he had a crib and toddler bed) all chewed up.  I know it's something that he'll always have a need for, I'm not worried about trying to stop him or discourage him.  Though we did only when it became dangerous so I wanted to give him an alternative so he wouldn't feel ashamed and feel like he needs to hide it from us.  I did hear about Chew Stixx but all the sensory toys I found looked like they were for much younger kids.  I'll definitely look into it some more. 

Quoting A_McCool:

Personally, I haven't used any of them (though I have considered it ), but I would definitely recommend it.  I say this because, honestly, the chewing might not get any better.  To this day, I am a chewer.  I chew on pretty much everything.  My parents say that I chewed the varnish off the coffee table as a toddler.  

Since I have no personal experience with these, I don't know how much chewing they can withstand.  However, I do know that there is something called a Chew Stixx tough bar that is supposed to be for more aggressive chewing habits.


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