Son who needs to chew constantly

Lesley - posted on 03/01/2010 ( 14 moms have responded )

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Hello...just wondering if any other moms have a child who chews their clothing constantly? What have you done to stop them? I bought my 7 year old son a necklace from a website that specializes in sensory products. His teacher took it away because she said all he would do is play with the necklace. This was the only thing I could do to keep him from chewing up his shirts. Has anyone else found anything else that helps with this behavior that would not cause a distraction in the classroom?

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Tara - posted on 05/21/2010

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My almost 3yr old also mouths items. I haven't, as of yet, tried any therapy tools, like the necklace or the pencil topper. He may be too young for the pencil topper, but I will try the necklace. I've also heard of chewy tubes or something like that to get them extra stimulation. He's started to gnaw on his 4 month old brothers chew toys, and at first I tried to discourage him now i let him, as it seems to help him relax. I don't know what to do, bc he didn't used to mouth objects, so i thought it was strange at first, because he never mouthed objects before.

Jessica - posted on 03/07/2010

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I just looked up the pencil toppers they are called "chew stixx chewy pencil toppers". The vibrating pencil thing is called "tranquil pencil kit". Both are at thetherapyshoppe.com

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Amaka - posted on 09/27/2012

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I too have the same problem, my son is 5 yrs now, earlier he use to put his fingers in the mouth constantly . lately i have noticed he'll put anything he gets in his mouth without realizing and its not like chewing .. he just keeps it in his mouth. i have been correcting him but the moment i turn he is putting something else .help ! any solution.

User - posted on 08/07/2012

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Hello everyone, I have just learned about this sensory processing disorder this past week. My son is 6 years old and chews on everything... his shirts, toy cars, stuffed animals, car seat, anything around him he will put it in his mouth. I watch him and it seems like he doesn't even know he is doing it. For the past few years we have been correcting him. This past year he went to kindergarten and this was the first time being away from the house, he came home with holes in his shirts everyday because he had chewed on them. I am going to make a doctors appointment for him again. They doctors just keep saying "he will grow out of it".... I am at a loss and any advice would help. I never knew about this disorder or anything like this. What steps should I take. Thank you.

Sharlene - posted on 06/13/2012

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I have two that are constantly biting on clothes and on everything, they both have a chewy tube and the helps but sometimes they just bite at there arms or hands .Have you thought about a chewy tube .you can get them of the internet of special needs shops. good luck

Jenna - posted on 05/27/2012

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The school screwed up. They should NEVER have taken away his sensory item. My daughter's teacher did this on Friday, I didn't find out about it until that night when my daughter was chewing on her nails and I asked her where her chewkey was. Schools can be soooo frustrating :(

Sylvia - posted on 06/04/2010

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talk to your ese liason at the school. it will take some effort on your part to get them to let him use the necklace but persistance pays off. most states do not recognize spd as an issue so schools are not overly supportive

Sandra - posted on 04/28/2010

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my 9 yr. old daughter has ruined her winter coat from chewing. we try to redirect her. most of her chewing seems to be done at school. all i can recommendis redirect when you can. it is a hard situation. isn't the necklace for distracting him from chewing.

Heather - posted on 04/05/2010

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We had to do gum - nothing else really worked. And we also found that it was better if we gave him "old fashioned" bubble gum (double bubble, etc.) because it was harder for him to chew so it worked his jaws harder. As for school, I'd be working on adding to the IEP if you have one. If not, I'd call a conference and "educate" the teacher in Sensory - check out the book "This is Gabriel Making Sense of School". The author has a great blog and this book is a fabulous way to help teachers understand why your child needs this! Good luck:)

Jessica - posted on 03/13/2010

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Oh my goodness! My son chewed through his chewlry in a week, too. I was a bit surprised, because it seemed pretty sturdy. He is too young for gum or I would try that.

Chelsea - posted on 03/12/2010

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We actually gave our son Trident chewing gum. He was chewing so aggressively he chewed the pencil toppers in half and the necklace only lasted a week =O. We had to put it on his IEP to get the school to allow it, but otherwise his clothes were coming home with holes in them and his fingers were starting to bleed all the time. The teacher holds onto the gum and he has to ask for a piece so he doesn't shove the whole pack into his mouth ( another problem we had ) it has been two years and this tactic has worked wonderfully for Daniel. Good luck!

Jessica - posted on 03/07/2010

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I have seen pencil toppers you can chew on, but again you might want to check with his teacher since she wouldn't let him use the necklace. I think I saw the pencil things at thetherapyshoppe.com they also have a z-vibe with an end for a pencil and an end for a bite and chew tip. We use the z vibe for our son (he is in a special needs preschool) and it works well for his agressive chewing.

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