Pierrette and Lorna d’Entremont, daughter and mother, are co-owners of SentioLife Solutions, the makers of the sensory tool line “KidCompanions Chewelry“. The original KidCompanions chew necklace was invented by Pierrette in 2007. Our sensory oral-motor tool is still made in Canada and sourced in Canada and the United states. Our sensory chew necklace is a SAFE chewy/fidget that brings parents peace of mind and the user comfort, calming, and satisfying of sensory and fidgeting needs.
The following are questions you may have about KidCompanions Chewelry and how it came about.
What Is KidCompanions Chewelry?
KidCompanions Chewelry is a chewable accessory used by kids, teens, and even adults who have an overwhelming need to chew, bite, or fidget. KidCompanions come in heart and circle shapes, and in a variety of colors. It is worn around the neck like a necklace and there is also a version that clips onto collars, belt loops, bedding, etc. See the green heart with a clip at the end of this post.
The shapes are smooth and pleasing with a hard embossed “dot” surrounded by a rubbery outer layer. Abstract dots on back offer interesting imagery possibilities. KidCompanions Chewelry is sold online and in retail stores as well as in educational and special needs catalogues around the world.
Who Uses KidCompanions Chewelry?
KidCompanions Chewelry is needed by those who MUST bite, chew or fidget to get on with their day. Our chewelry, jewelry that one chews, 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, and other professionals who work with children with special needs recommend KidCompanions Chewelry. 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 sensory processing issues.
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 our KidCompanions 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 to be used as a mouth fidget or a hand fidget in stressful situations like crowded events, transitions, changes in routine…
Parents of children with Down syndrome who often grind their teeth tell us KidCompanions Chewelry prevents them from doing this thereby saving their teeth. Also siblings who complain of the “noise of grinding teeth” are happy a solution has been found.
What Is the Story Behind KidCompanions Chewelry?
SentioLife Solutions formed when Pierrette d’Entremont, mother of three young daughters, noticed her middle child was constantly chewing on her shirts, fingers and the inside of her cheeks and it was distressing. This was in 2007.
One day she noticed how her daughter was finding comfort and soothing herself by chewing on a handmade clay pendant she had made to entertain her nursing newborn. Both Pierrette and her middle child have Tourette syndrome and share some associated conditions like sensory issues, anxiety challenges and ASD traits. This child had a rough start, born at 30 weeks and weighing only 2.5 lbs. It was the sensory issues that were noticed first, as even wind or water caused negative reactions.
Her 4 year old anxiously bit her finger nails and constantly fidgeted about; however, Pierrette continued to see that when she chewed on this chewy pendant it comforted her and prevented her from biting or chewing on inappropriate items. Pierrette figured if mouthing this safe item did the trick for her own child there should be many others out there who needed age-appropriate, safe chewables. This new stress releaser was worth exploring as a stylish, effective alternative to current chewable tools and fidget toys.
Pierrette had studied human kinetics at the University of Ottawa in Ontario, Canada but is also a jeweller and Accredited Jewelry Professional. She did research on the topic of sensory, oral-motor tools and came to the conclusion there surely was a need for a fun, functional and fashionable chewy. And from that realization, the KidCompanions Chewelry was designed.
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