Think your child has sensory and focus issues? Parents are always told that behavior is a form of communication. If parents can figure out what is causing their child to be constantly On-the-GO or to constantly be chewing, biting, mouthing toys, clothing, hair, hands or fingers, etc., then they can help them.
If parents cannot help their child with sensory or focus issues, surely their family doctor or an occupational therapist can offer suggestions and strategies that can help children overwhelmed by triggers bombarding their senses. These children will be able to function much better at home, at school, and out in the community.
What Brings Comfort to Many Kids with Sensory and Focus Issues?
The two lines of chew pendants by SentioLife Solutions, Ltd. named KidCompanions Chewelry and SentioCHEWS were designed by a mom who knows about children with special needs. Both Pierrette d’Entremont-Crimmins and her middle child have Tourette syndrome and share some associated conditions like sensory issues, anxiety challenges and ASD traits.
The chew necklaces designed by Pierrette are needed by those who MUST bite, chew or fidget to get on with their day. Chewelry is beneficial for those with challenging issues associated with autism, ADHD, Tourette’s syndrome, Down syndrome, Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD), sensory processing disorder (SPD), etc.
Parents and occupational therapists recommend KidCompanions Chewelry and SentioCHEWS for kids with sensory and focus issues. They even include it in IEP’s as a fidget to help kids with ADHD focus or as a sensory oral-motor tool for kids with SPD. Our Clip-ons make excellent, quiet, school-friendly hand fidgets.
It is helpful to give any child more opportunities for movement. Using the strong jaw muscles is a good way to relax and to feel less anxious. For some kids chewing and biting on Chewelry is a great way to use pent-up energy to help them stay on task.
Some youngsters need to work muscles to become alert. When muscles and joints, like the jaw, are activated by moving them, nerve impulses go to the brain, stimulating “organizing” areas of the brain. These areas in turn influence focus, attention and energy level.
Teachers and caregivers can stop meltdowns before they start by redirecting a child to another activity to regain his self-control. For example, by provide soothing KidCompanions Chewelry or SentioCHEWS to be used as a mouth fidget or a hand fidget in stressful situations like crowded events, transitions, changes in routine…
Features of Our Chew Necklaces
Making Them Comforting for ALL with Sensory or Focus Issues
Our chew pendants are BPA, phthalates, PVC, lead and latex free! Each line of chew necklaces is made in Canada with materials sourced in the US and Canada. The chew pendant sizes pass all teether regulations and the lanyards have a safe breakaway clasp.
We know about the importance of the lanyard needing to be comfortable, the clasp needing to be small and smooth for comfort.
We know the chewy pendants MUST be “just right” to touch, to chew, and to wear. KidCompanions Chewelry and SentioCHEWS are stylish and discreet allowing the user to fit in and is not a distraction to others.
- It is used as a CHEWABLE accessory. The chew necklaces address the issues of inappropriate biting and chewing on inedible items that bring questions of hygiene, teeth wearing and safety to mind.
- It is a FUNCTIONAL fidget/chewy. Our chewelry allows discreet fidgeting to help hyperactive children to focus better. Also the strong jaw muscles are a great way to use pent-up energy by chewing to stay on task.
- It is WEARABLE and soothing. It is a comforting familiarity for children who do not like transitions, like going from home to school or from homeroom to another class, cafeteria, gym…finding security and comfort holding on to their KidCompanions Chewelry or SentioCHEWS.
- It is AGE-APPROPRIATE and discreet. Our “jewelry that you chew” is stylish and discreet allowing the user to fit in and is not a distraction to others.
When not in use, the chew pendant is not on the floor gathering germs or in someone else’s hands or mouth! When the child needs to chew or bite, it is readily accessible. He can pop it in his mouth, chew away and use both hands to work or play. ORAL input is calming and organizing and he can get on with his day.
What are parents saying about KidCompanions Chewelry and SentioCHEWS?
Melody says, “I have two Autistic boys who are both mouthers. One luckily just uses his fingers, the other mouths objects ~ shirts, dice, toys, you name it. The worst place is school where he’s chewed and sucked on his shirt making it completely wet… this terribly hurts his socialization and puts him in major danger of bullying… tried other chewelry, but they pinch his neck and skin. Not to mention they are another target for bullies. It’s important having a safe chewing choice like KidCompanions Chewelry that doesn’t call attention further hindering our kids.”
“Way to go creating such a great product, and Canadian too!! Way to go! As a adoptive mom to a child affected by fetal alcohol, former teacher of children with special needs, educator and advocate for individuals affected by FASD I love this product and could see it used well with kids affected by FASD. This product needs to get out there and I for one would love to spread the word on this item. ~Dianne Labelle”