This post shows you the events that took place before SentioLife Solutions received an awesome testimonial telling us that our SentioCHEWS, our durable, second line of chew necklaces, can also satisfy the strong urge to chew and bite by adults as well as kids, tweens, and teens. So this post will help all the adults out there who have been searching for durable chew necklaces for adults!
On a Facebook post a few months back a woman in her late 20’s named Gabrielle Hogg was explaining her overwhelming need to chew and bite and the difficulty it was to find durable chew necklaces for adults. She was in a car and beyond herself with her need to chew. She had to stop at a store to buy anything, like a plastic bottle, that would let her bite hard on it and allow her to continue on her way.
Gabrielle was asking her Facebook friends if this was a crazy thing to do. I took the time to write a comment about other people I knew who experienced the same chewing and biting needs. Then I told her about SentioLife Solutions’ chew necklaces: the original KidCompanions Chewelry launched in 2007 and our newer SentioCHEWS that came out in November of 2013.
Soon other people were giving their opinions and advice and commenting on other brands of chewelry or chew pendants that they used as chew necklaces for adults. Gabrielle joined in the discussion by adding that she was such an aggressive chewer that all the chew necklaces she had bought would only last one week. She was still a university student and she could not afford to buy a new sensory oral-motor tool every week. Immediately I jumped at the chance to prove that our Tougher-than-Silicone SentioCHEWS were more durable than most of the chew pendants made with generic silicone sold on many special needs online web sites or at special needs stores.
I saw that Gabrielle was from New Zealand and has been diagnosed with autism. She blogs about issues relating to autism and related disorders. She studies Human Nutrition and is an emerging presenter on Autism and related conditions. In the past she has been on NZ Autism Expert Advisory Group. On her web site it says she suffers from severe sensory overloads as well as anxiety, which can leave her mute, but she still manages to make her voice heard to support many causes.
On a private message on Gabrielle’s Facebook page, I said SentioLife Solutions would send her a free sample of our most durable chew pendant, the SentioCHEW Flower. So on January 18th we mailed Gabrielle’s Blue Flower chew necklace and on Feb. 3rd she sent us a message her SentioCHEWS had arrived.
We were pleased that it only took 17 days from Nova Scotia, Canada to reach Auckland, New Zealand going by slow mail. Now we had to wait for the “try out” period to see if our SentioCHEWS was going to pass the test as tough, chew necklaces for adults.
Read another message from Gabrielle, “Waiting patiently for chewy to come in the mail from overseas, sigh – hard calluses from chewing on my thumbs, fingers and chewed skin off ew i know … but tomorrow the SW with the SPD/poss aspie son is on first thing in the morning I will be requesting the deep pressure, compression and therapeutic brush.
And I hope the chewy arrives in the mail tomorrow.
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SentioCHEWS Are Really Tougher-than-Silicone Chew Pendants and Are Great Chew Necklaces for Adults
Ten days or so of chewing on our SentioCHEWS, Gabrielle messaged me, “Lorna d’Entremont the chew pendant is still going really well. Yay I have not chewed through it. Thanks heaps for organizing your Canadian shop to send me a SentioCHEWS to try to test on my adult teeth. I am a chronic, oral sensory seeker chewer. The chew pendant hasn’t started to break down like the other ones I was using (those ones I was going through 1 a week) so it is definitely cheaper to buy the chew pendants from SentioLife Solutions in Canada from now on. Also not once has the necklace clasp at the back come undone unlike the other ones I was using but it would be good if the necklace was a bit longer for those of us that are adults.
One Month of Chewing: Gabrielle messaged us with the good news that our SentioCHEWS Flower had stood up to her aggressive chewing for ONE WHOLE MONTH! As soon as she has enough money she will order some more.
The team at SentioLife Solutions has taken to heart Gabrielle’s suggestion that our breakaway lanyards for adults should be longer. You can now buy 28 inch SentioSTYLES Breakaway Lanyards separately. They come in NINE different colors and fit both our SentioCHEWS and our KidCompanions Chewelry. If a longer length is required you may send us a message and we will make one custom made for your needs.
So now we know! We know for sure that SentioLife Solutions SentioCHEWS can satisfy the overwhelming urge to bite and chew of kids, tweens, teens AND ADULTS!
The team at SentioLife Solutions congratulates Gabrielle in winning a Naturally Autistic People Awards at the 2015 ANCA World Autism Festival at their Sixth Annual International Event, in Vancouver. Canada. Gabrielle got this certificate of recognition for her contribution to society.