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Golden Reflections Product Review

May 10, 2016

Golden Reflections Product Review

From Golden Reflections Blog:

 Why Your Sensory Child Chews And How You Can Help – Introducing Chewigem USA


Does your sensory child chew all the time? Do you ever wonder why and what you can do to help? There are many reasons why sensory children (those with Autism, Sensory Processing Disorder and other sensory processing problems) chew, sometimes constantly! It has to do with how their brain is processing incoming information from the world around them!

There are ways you can learn to meet their chewing needs, while also teaching them self regulation skills and ways they can help themselves!


Why do Sensory Children Chew?

Have you ever taken a test, maybe when you were in college or high school? Did you find yourself fidgeting with your hair, tapping your pencil, or maybe even chewing on the tip of your pencil? We all have our own little habits to help us focus and concentrate.

For children with sensory processing problems such as Autism spectrum or SPD (Sensory Processing Disorder), their brain becomes overloaded with incoming information. They have a hard time focusing on what they need to because all the other information from their eyes, ears, nose etc. is not being filtered properly.

This causes their system and brain to be stressed and their responses are typically something that will be comforting or calming for them. These responses tend to be repetitive movements or actions that can also be disruptive to those around them or bring un-wanted attention from others while in public.

This behavior is also referred to as “stimming”. Not only does this activity usually help them to focus, but it also helps them to relax or cope in new situations and environments. We all have our own “stimming” reactions, however in children with a sensory processing disorder, the reactions are so controlling that they need to do them in order to function.

Many times a child will chew on their shirt or article of clothing until there are holes or the clothing is constantly wet. Other times they will chew on objects such as pencils, paper, or really anything! In extreme cases, children will even bite themselves, leaving bruised and red bite marks on their skin. I worked with several children with Autism who would do this during the school day!


What can you do to help your child who chews?

 Many times a sensory diet that is set up by an Occupational Therapist can be very helpful for children who chew. Also giving lots of breaks where they are able to chew gum, suck on straws for a drink or smoothie, blow bubbles and other activities like that can be helpful!


Replacing the discouraged items your child chews on with acceptable items is one option that is helpful for many parents and teachers. When I was working in the school system we would often provide pencil top chewies, chewerly, or other sensory chew items that were appropriate for children to chew on during class times. This gave the child a chance to chew, which helped their focus and attention to task, but was also less disruptive and more appropriate for the classroom!

One place that you can get great sensory chews from is Chewigem USA! I really wish I had known about them while I was still working in the schools, I think their products would have been a huge help for many of my kids and families!

Chewigem USA is a family run business that creates oral sensory jewelry for children! All of the products are stylish and discreet, to allow your child to chew when they need to! Chewigem understands the need for this kind of product, because they are parents to their own child on the spectrum. All of their products are designed for mild to moderate chewers!



Chewigem USA offers a large variety of pendants (discs and raindrops), bangles, bracelets, and even dog tag jewelry. They are all made from non toxic medical grade silicone, which means they are totally safe for your child to chew on! The pendants come with a breakaway clasp so that you don’t have to worry about it getting caught on other objects.

Chewigem USA designs all their products to look more like jewelry and not just a therapeutic aid. They also offer a wide variety of styles and designs for both boys and girls! All of the products are dishwasher safe, or you can wash them in soapy water (just remove the cords or clasps).

I am so impressed with the Chewigem USA disc pedant I received in the mail! It is 2″ in diameter and 1/2 inches thick! This is great for the child who needs to chew often and also has a hard bite! I honestly wish I had known about this product earlier when I was working in the school system! I know a lot of my sensory kids who chewed would have greatly benefitted from this product not only at school but at home! It allows them to chew in a discrete way and is also stylish and fun!



If you have a mild-moderate chewer in your home, I highly recommend you check out Chewigem USA! All of their products are between $14.95-$19.95 and are well worth it! If you have any other questions, definitely check out their FAQ page for more information!

 

 

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Buyers Guide

Need Help Chewsing your Chew™? We have many options! Each Chewigem is different in size, strength and personality!

         

Collection         

Mild

Moderate

Moderate +

Tactile Nubs

Matte Finish

Polish Finish

Dimensions 

Emitochew Small

2.75" x 2.75"

0.25" thick

Emitochew Large

3" x 3"

0.25" thick

Dog Tags

1" x 2"

0.25" thick

Cats

1" x 2"

0.25" thick

Skullls

1" x 2"

0.25" thick

Raindrops

1" x 2"

0.25 " thick

Chubes

2" x 1.5"

0.5" thick

Realm Rings

     

 

 

2" x 2"

0.5" thick

Eternities

2.75" x 2.25"

0.5" thick

Discs

1.75" x 1.75"

0.5" thick

Miller Hearts

2.25" x 2.25"

0.5" thick

Geo Tags

1" x 2"

0.5" thick

Tread Bangles Small

3" x 3"

0.5" thick

Tread Bangles Large

 

3.5" x 3.5"

0.5" thick

Bubba Bangles

3.25" x 3.25"

0.5" thick

Hexichews

4.5" x 4.5"

0.75" thick

Still not sure which one is right for you?

Contact Mama Chewi™ @

info@chewigemusa.com

Due to the intended use of the product, wear and tear are expected and products should be checked routinely for damage and used with adult supervision. Discard and replace immediately once damaged. Necklaces are not intended to be worn for children under age 3 due to the concern of long cord strangulation. Clasps and ties contain small parts and may be a choking hazard and are not intended for chewing. This is not a toy.