Therapy Thursday: Chewies, Chewelry & More

Posted Thursday August 16, 2012 by Melissa

Chewies

Children with MPS or other special needs often have a need to chew. They might start with their hands, their shirt, or other handy item, but eventually, parents realize that it is probably safer, cleaner, and more purposeful for their child to have specific items for chewing. I’ve recently seen other parents with great thoughts on chewies and thought that with their permission, I’d collect them here. Hopefully this will be helpful to other families looking for chewy information. Thank you to all that contributed! If anyone has additional resources or thoughts, please comment below!

From Zezee, mom to Reed, MPS IIIA: Here are a few chewies I have purchased from Therapy Shoppe . ChewiesI have placed them in order from hardest to softest to help other parents when trying to decide which ones to try first.  It seems often the younger children prefer the softer ones, but over time they become expert chewers and require the harder ones or else they will be destroyed too quickly and biting off pieces would become a danger as well.

  • The red Lolli Chew Stixx ($7.99) is the hardest one I bought.
  • The orange P’s and Q’s set ($7.99) are hard, but slightly less so.
  • The green Super Chew Smooth ($5.99) is soft to chew and solid in the middle.
  • The yellow small Chewy Tube ($7.99) is hollow and while the material is hard, it is bouncy still since it is hollow and the diameter is the smallest making is a good choice for a young child that likes to chew up pacifiers.
  • The purple ARK Grabber ($6.49) is also solid but the softest and bounciest of them.  This would only be good for children that are lite chewers.  It has been noted that since the “finger” portion is longer then most the end can be safely cut off when it become cracked and there is still enough stick left to chew on, therefor extending the life of it somewhat.

Stacey, mom to Lucas, MPS IIIB: We used chewelry and attached the chewy on the end. Lucas would bite the metal on lanyards and keyrings. He would also chew the lanyard so that made it hard to clean. He would switch back and forth from chewing the chewelry and chewy so both provided some sort of sensory satisfaction.

Alicia, mom to Ciara, Hunter, & Tommy, MPS IIIA: I always had a pacifier or chew toy around Hunter’s neck but I was terrified of him getting it caught on something and choking him so I always put the chewy on a breakaway lanyard so if it did get caught he wouldn’t get strangled. Cassandra, mom to Austin, MPS IIIB:

Chewy setup

Cassandra’s chewy creation

I bought “bungee key chains” online at Ebay (4 of them with shipping were $8) then the chewy tubes I buy at sensoryuniversity on Ebay (I can’t think of the price right now). The toys that I atttach at the bottom I buy at Walmart they are called Obi balls (about $5) and they have footballs, bigger balls, soccer looking balls with rattles in them, weight lift looking ones. I like them because they are very squishy, don’t hurt when they swing them and hit you (or themselves) and when Austin trips and his hand is holding it, it won’t break his fingers when he falls on it. Those break away lanyards were just at Walmart for $.88 for back to school! I bought a few but they are a little too long for Austin. But I’m going to shorten it up and try it 🙂

Deon, mom to Ricky & Kenny, MPS II: I get all my supplies at Pacific Pediatric Supply – they have everything at a good price – see chewelry and oral motor.

Pacifier holder

Pacifier holder

Leslie, mom to Izzy, MPS IIIB: We used chewelry around Izzy’s neck to hold the pacifier. It is rubbery and springy like the old telephone cords.

Robin, mom to Logan, MPS II: We’re currently hooking chewies (Ark’s grabber XXTs or Superchews) to a chewelry necklace for Logan. I was afraid to use anything around his neck when he was more mobile because I was afraid he would strangle himself. Now he has someone with him any time he is walking around, so it works well.

Angela, mom to Emily, MPS IIIA: Choking risk is why we switched to the binkie holders. She can have the lanyard during the day but I’m really liking the binkie keepers.

Andrew, dad to Alan, MPS IIIB: I use the trichews with Alan. We also have the blue and red hammer shaped “chewy tubes”.

Stephanee, mom to Rachel, MPS IIIB: We use chewable jewels. Rachel doesn’t like it around her neck, so we do knot on her shirt sleeve. I will say the cord it comes on breaks a lot. I was trying to think of something new when I saw a thin shoelace. I’ve used it for weeks now with no breakage or fraying.    

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3 Responses to “Therapy Thursday: Chewies, Chewelry & More”

  1. Lorna d'Entremont // August 18, 2012 at 7:28 pm

    Thanks Melissa for including KidCompanions Chewelry and a link to our web site in your post on Chewies, Chewelry and More. We are happy to announce we have a brand new web site and just received a CE mark for our product. Our heart and circle shaped chewy fidgets come on a 100% organic cotton lanyard with a child safety clasp or with a clip.For a small fee we personalize the lanyards with contact and medical information. Our sensory chewables are SAFE, bpa, phthalate, pvc, lead and latex free. They are made from FDA approved materials, sourced in USA/Canada, CE marked, and made in Canada.

  2. Hi Melissa! This is a fantastic post to help parents and therapists make a more informed purchase. I just wanted to let you know that our Grabber is also available in an XT “Xtra Tough” version for more aggressive chewing as well as textured and scented options for additional tactile input and sensory stimulation. We also manufacture the Y-Chew that has three different extensions for kids to chew on, so parents have reported it lasting longer. They’re all made in the USA out of medical grade, FDA approved materials that contain no lead, phthalates, PVC, BPA, or latex. Let us know if you have any questions! – ARK Therapeutic

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