Chewlery- What is it? where can I find it?
Post date: Oct 27, 2016 12:46:50 PM
Have you ever wondered why some children suck their thumb, chew their clothing or why some children put non-edible objects in their mouth?
Chewing and sucking can form an important part of a child’s self-regulation of anxiety and arousal/attention levels
Chewy items have two important functions:
1.They provide direct sensory input and oral stimulation for the mouth (perfect for those children who put inedible objects in their mouth in order to seek oral stimulation).
2.Chewing provides lots of proprioceptive (body awareness) feedback to satisfy the sensory input that children may be seeking in their mouths.
Chewy items also indirectly provide calming and attention regulation
Instead of trying to get a child to stop sucking their thumb or chewing their clothing we can replace the behaviours with suitable alternatives.
There’s a wide range of chewable jewellery (necklaces, bracelets, pendants…)
Please note: Chewlery is not a cure to promote calming and stress-reduction, but a useful tool
Where can I find Chewlery?
There are a number of retailers for chewlery for children through to adults
Some of our Hinderton parents in the past have used the following website: