When I was a kid, I used to chew on my shirts. Sometimes it was because I was bored or stressed out, but a lot of times, it was simply sensory input that felt good. This wouldn’t have been a problem except for the fact that I would twist the collars and get holes in my shirt. Apparently, I would also walk down the grocery aisle and lick the rails. I have successfully blocked that memory, but my mother hasn’t. Based on the way she tells me the story, with shudders and germ-x glimmering in her eye, she would have LOVED to find me an alternative, more hygienic option for my sensory seeking tendencies.
Chewigem USA offers chewable jewelry and was launched by “ausome” parents of a teenager with Aspergers. Unlike many of the knockoff versions you may see floating around the internet, Chewigem’s products are made with medical grade, FDA approved silicone. Their site also promises shoppers that each piece is non-toxic, lead, latex, BPA, PVC, and Phthalate free.
Their necklaces and bracelets come in a variety of designs and are functional and fashionable for all ages. The “chewelry” comes in three different levels of chew strength: mild, moderate, and moderate+. If you aren’t sure which product is best for your chewer, you can contact Mama Chewi herself, and she will help you determine what would be best for your individual needs.
When Aiden gets especially stressed out, he tends to scratch or bite his own forearm. He also growls and grits his teeth as a sort of warning that says, “back away, not today”. Once he has calmed down, he cries when he sees his arm. It distresses him to no end. I talked to Mama Chewi about our problem, and she suggested Aiden try a Realm Ring. The simple design made it perfect for a teen boy – a discreet aid AND it looks cool! Sure enough, the next time he got upset, I prompted him to bite the necklace rather than his arm. You guys, he stopped biting his arm! After a few more prompts, he started going straight for the Realm Ring all on his own. Self regulation AND his arms are injury-free!
Now through Sunday, September 17th at midnight, you can receive 15% off of your Chewigem order by using the code keepitreal (Aerobie, Litecup, and Senseez products, not included). This is the perfect opportunity to stock up on a product that you already know and love or to give it a try for the first time. It’s only September, but the madness that is the holiday season is just around the corner. In my personal experience, nerves are quicker to fray as the routine changes, more events stack up, family and friends come in and out, and let’s not even talk about the school breaks (Aiden HATES it when he can’t go to school!)
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