My oral sensory seeker is not into chewing, so now what???

Janelle - posted on 04/11/2014 ( no moms have responded yet )

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My eight year old has always been highly sensory with his mouth - from avoidant to seeking, and everything in between. Fingers and mouth have always been happier together than anything else I have tried, and I think our biggest problem is that he really isn't into chewing at all. He is just now starting to learn to chew solid foods, somehow it all finally clicked for him and he is really trying. The other side though, is that he started doing a combo hand-flap mouth action where he is sticking his tongue out and tapping his fingers on his tongue. I am very aware that this is a sensory need he is fulfilling and I would love to help him find a suitable way to meet that need without employing his fingers. He has been experiencing a much longer than expected recovery from a viral stomach flu, and I can't help but to think that he is making things worse with this habit which is happening constantly right now, so he is taking in all of the environmental toxins around him to a greater degree right now. Does anyone out there have a kid that doesn't chew but just does a lot of hand to mouth contact for stimulus? I have not been successful at all in trying to employ any of the standard "chewy" products on the market because he has no interest in chewing. Any suggestions?

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