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  • Casadie Morris

Chewies: What are their purpose?

Updated: Jul 9

Chewies are oral sensory tools or devices designed to provide oral stimulation and sensory input for individuals who may have a need for chewing or mouthing behaviors. These tools are often used as part of sensory integration therapy to address sensory processing difficulties or to help individuals self-regulate.

Chewies come in various forms, such as:

  1. Chewable Jewelry: Necklaces, bracelets, or pendants made from safe, non-toxic materials that can be safely chewed on.

  2. Chewable Tubes: Soft, flexible tubes or sticks made from silicone or rubber that are designed for chewing.

  3. Chewable Toys: Toys or objects with chewable parts or textures that provide sensory input through biting and mouthing.

  4. Chewable Brushes: Oral motor tools designed with textured surfaces or bristles that provide sensory input when chewed or brushed against the gums and teeth.

Chewies are often recommended for individuals who exhibit oral sensory-seeking behaviors, such as chewing on clothing, pencils, or other non-food items, or who may benefit from additional oral stimulation to help with self-regulation and attention. They can be particularly helpful for individuals with sensory processing disorder, autism spectrum disorder, ADHD, or anxiety.

It's important to note that chewies should always be used under the guidance of a qualified occupational therapist or healthcare professional, who can assess the individual's specific sensory needs and recommend appropriate tools and strategies. Additionally, chewies should be made from safe, non-toxic materials and regularly cleaned to maintain hygiene and safety.

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