Kids, Tweens and Teens with ADHD Focus Better when Allowed to Use Chewelry or Fidgets

Kids, Tweens and Teens with ADHD Focus Better when Allowed to Use Chewelry or Fidgets
(This article has been updated 22 Sep, 2018)

Excessive chewing or fidgeting is sometimes an indication that your child with Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) needs to MOVE! Moreover, some youngsters with ADHD will chew or bite on anything within their reach, because chewing IS movement. For hygiene, safety and even economical reasons, we are seeing that safer alternatives to commonly chewed items like pen tops, pencils, shirt sleeves and collars, cords, etc. should be provided to satisfy this overwhelming need to chew, bite or/and fidget.

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KidCompanions Chewelry Designed by a Mom Who Knows About Special Needs

KidCompanions Chewelry Designed by a Mom Who Knows About Special Needs

WHO is behind KidCompanions Chewelry? Pierrette d’Entremont, a mom who breast fed her three children, felt there was a need on the market for a safe item to occupy the exploring hands of a baby being fed or held.  Pierrette developed a two-part pendant and a custom breakaway clasp which she called HeartString Baby’s Companions . This process took a while. Then this handy chewy or fidget toy for  infants and toddlers evolved into a sensory oral-motor tool for individuals with special needs. Here is the KidCompanions Chewelry story!

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Who Can Benefit from Using Chew Necklaces and Chewy Hand Fidgets?

Who Can Benefit from Using Chew Necklaces and Chewy Hand Fidgets?

Most people cannot start to imagine what parents of children with special needs go through. Most have a hard time to understand that SentioLife Solutions, the Canadian company that designed and assembles chew necklaces made in Canada, receives orders everyday of the year for their mouth and hand chewable fidgets. These chew necklaces bring comfort not only to kids, tweens and teens but more and more adults are relying on them to satisfy their overwhelming urge to chew, bite, and/or fidget.

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Chewy and Fidget for Kids, Tweens and Teens

Chewy and Fidget for Kids, Tweens and Teens

A chewy and fidget are used to satisfy the needs of many who have an overwhelming urge to chew, bite, and fidget to get on with the day. These sensory oral-motor tools are chewable and wearable chew pendants for people with special needs like autism or that have sensory challenges. Individuals of all ages use them for focusing, calming, alerting, and to increase oral sensory awareness. Many who find transitions difficult, hold on to their familiar chewable necklace and feel less stressed going from home to school and from classroom to different parts of the school.

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Sensory Tools Help a Child to Survive Sensory Overload, Calm and Focus

Sensory Tools Help a Child to Survive Sensory Overload, Calm and Focus

Who likes to drive during rush hour? No one! What is life like for a person with sensory processing disorder (SPD)? An overwhelmed individual with SPD likened his life as having a “traffic jam” in his brain. If your child has sensory issues that often come hand-in-hand with autism, Asperger’s syndrome, ADD/ADHD, Tourette syndrome, etc. have your child evaluated by a professional. Often the child will be referred to an occupational therapist (OT) who will be able to help your child. What will an OT suggest to parents to help their child with sensory integration issues? Also what exactly is sensory processing disorder?

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What Is a Sensory Diet?

What Is a Sensory Diet?

If your child is diagnosed with sensory processing disorder (SPD) often his occupational therapist will plan a Sensory Diet to help him. What is SPD? Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD) or, as if was called before Sensory Integration Disorder, is a complex disorder of the brain that affects one in twenty people. Sensory processing disorder is a neurological disorder causing difficulties with taking in, processing, and responding to sensory information about the environment and from within one’s own body. Individuals can be hypersensitive or hyposensitive to varying degrees and may have trouble with one of the senses, a few, or all of them.

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Customize Your Child’s Sensory Box – What Items to Choose and Why

Customize Your Child’s Sensory Box – What Items to Choose and Why

Do you use a Sensory box? What do you put in a sensory box? Why do some individuals NEED items to bite, chew and fidget? How can we help kids meet their sensory needs to be successful students and happy campers? This post will help parents and teachers understand that some children, and even many adults, should be provided with a SAFE sensory tool to chew, bite and or fidget. Why?

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Safety Tips for Parents Regarding Children’s Jewelry and Chewelry

Safety Tips for Parents Regarding Children’s Jewelry and Chewelry

Parents want what is best for their children. They lobby for safe products and a safe environment. When we were getting KidCompanions Chewelry ready for market our product had to comply to many safety regulations from Canada and the United States. Then during 2012 we successfully went through the red tape to get KidCompanions Chewelry CE marked to be sold to the 28 European Union countries. When parents buy our product they can have peace of mind about its safety… can that be said about less expensive children’s jewelry or chewelry? What are the dangers that lurk in toyland?

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Fidgets for ADHD: Toys or Tools for Children with Special Needs?

Fidgets for ADHD: Toys or Tools for Children with Special Needs?

Are fidgets for ADHD just toys that should be put away at the sound of the bell?  Are fidgets really tools  for children with special needs  to be used all day at home and in class with the blessing of both parents and teachers and on the recommendation of professionals? Does fidgeting really make it possible for individuals with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) to focus and do their work?

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Passed Toddlerhood and Still Mouthing: Chew Necklace Is the Solution

Passed Toddlerhood and Still Mouthing: Chew Necklace Is the Solution

Emma Apple had a problem. Her child constantly chewed her fingernails. The solution was our stylish chew necklace with a pink heart chew pendant. The team at SentioLife Solutions is always happy to receive feedback from the parents, teachers, and therapists who buy our chew necklaces or see our chew pendants making the difference in

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Chew Necklace and Clip-on Fidget: KidCompanions Chewelry Blue Circle Pendant

Chew Necklace and Clip-on Fidget: KidCompanions Chewelry Blue Circle Pendant

Chew Necklace and Clip-on Fidget: KidCompanions Chewelry Blue Circle PendantWere you one of the parents or therapists who had asked for an age-appropriate chew necklace that boys would wear and use? “Mothers know best” when it comes to their Special Needs children.” This mantra has guided many decisions in families and hopefully in our school system. So naturally Pierrette d’Entremont, designer of KidCompanions Chewelry, took seriously the pleas of distraught moms who told her no cool, sensory chewable fidgets were available for their older children, especially for boys.

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