When a child is better able to self-soothe and focus, their confidence level increases and their anxiety level decreases. Some children need more intense oral input to help them organize their behavior and pay attention. They may chew on or mouth non-food objects such as clothing, toys, and writing utensils and they may make noises with their mouths for extra sensory input that could be distracting to others. I recommend to my patients that their children try a variety of chew necklaces, bracelets and tools that can help their child self-regulate. Chewable jewelry is a safer and more discreet solution for children who are seeking sensory oral motor input. Many tools offer an array of resistance levels (tough to extra extra tough) and come in fun designs. These accessories can also help when kids need assistance transitioning to quiet times or when they need to wind down for bedtime or focus on homework. Children who like to seek out tactile sensory experiences, by stroking and touching many different textures, may find a pompom or feather necklace helpful in social situations that cause higher levels of stress to them.
*These are some of our favorite sensory-friendly jewelry to try:
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Chewigem Chew Bracelet + GUNNER & LUX Farah The Fawn + ARK's Chewable Bangle Bracelet + Stimtastic Block Necklace + LITTLE LUX: Bob the Dinosaur + ARK's Brick Stick Textured Chew Necklace + Munchables Camo Necklace + Chewigem Skulls + Munchable's Rainbow Geo Necklace + Topshop Oversized blue fur pom-pom necklace + Chewigem Camo Dog Tags + GUNNER & LUX Keep Calm & Love Cats
*Note: For safety purposes adult supervision is recommended with use of oral sensory tools for sensory intervention.