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ARK's Grabber® - the original oral motor chew (soft & chewy)

ARK's Grabber® Original Oral Motor Chew

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  • Product Description

    Soft and very chewy for mild chewers or those with limited jaw strength|||ARK's Grabber® is our original and most popular chew tool.  Invented by Debra C. Lowsky, MS, CCC-SLP, the Grabber comes in 3 different color-coded toughness levels.  This version (magenta or red) is soft and chewy, perfect for mild chewers and/or as an oral motor tool for individuals with low oral tone / jaw strength.  Use it to exercise the lips, tongue, cheeks, and especially the jaw, allowing the mouth to learn and grow strong through oral exploration. It can also be used:

    • As an oral fidget for sensory seekers craving stimulation and proprioceptive input
    • As a safe alternative to chewing on hands, knuckles, shirts, pencils, etc.
    • As an alternative to tooth-grinding and/or thumb-sucking
    • To help decrease oral defensiveness and food aversions
    • To practice biting/chewing without the risk of choking
    • To build oral strength, mobility, and control
    • To satisfy the urge to chew for individuals who are fed through a g-tube

    Made in the USA  Made in the USA by ARK Therapeutic.  Medical grade, FDA compliant, NO lead, phthalates, PVC, BPA, or latex.

    Caution Caution: This product is not a toy.  Although these chew tools are sturdy and durable, no chew tool is indestructible.  Wear/tear may be expected given the nature of the intended use.  How long they last is typically equal to the amount and intensity of the chewing, as well as other variables (such as jaw strength, stress/anxiety levels, if other sensory strategies are in place, etc.).  While for some people a chew tool will last forever, for others with heavy/aggressive oral needs, they may go through it very quickly.  Please supervise at all times and replace if necessary if the item shows signs of wear and tear.  For a tougher version of the Grabber, check out the XT and XXT options.  For the toughest chew tool overall, click here.

     

     

    Features
    • With its patented P shape design, the Grabber® features a "built-in" handle that makes it easy for the hand to hold.
    • While all surfaces can be chewed on, the long extension allows individuals to reach the back molar area where we do most of our chewing.
    • The Grabber® measures 5 inches lengthwise, just under 2 inches across the loop/handle, and half an inch thick.
    • The Grabber® comes in several different sizes, textures, and resiliencies to best fit each individual's needs, click here to view them all.
    • This listing is for the original Grabber® that's soft and chewy - recommended for mild chewers, or for those with limited jaw strength who need to practice biting/chewing skills and build up oral tone.
    • Made in the USA
    The Story

    The Grabber was one of ARK's very first inventions!  15 years ago, this solution was inspired by one of Debbie's therapy kiddos.  He was chewing through several shirts a day, and his mother was struggling to find a safer (and less expensive) alternative for him to chew on.  

    To meet this oral sensory need, Debbie and her husband John (a mechanical engineer) decided to develop ARK's Grabber.  Although they still debate which one of them came up with the clever P shape design, one thing's for sure: the built-in loop handle makes it easy for kids through adults to hold, and the long extension reaches the back molar area for proprioceptive feedback to the jaw and masseter muscle - where it's needed most.

    Debbie quickly realized that the Grabber could also be used as a non-food oral motor device to practice chewing, jaw work, tongue lateralization, and more.  The Grabber has since been successfully used by speech, feeding, and occupational therapists worldwide to improve oral motor skills.  Click on the "Therapy Video" tab above to watch Debbie explain one such exercise.

     

    Therapy Video


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    1. A Cheaper Alternative

      I was very pleased with the price and quality of the grabbers. They are used in jaw strength and stability exercises and are cheaper through ARK than any other company.

    2. A Favorite at Our House

      We've been using ARK's Grabber tools for over a year. My son will not go anywhere without one. I carry one in my purse for emergencies and I even tied a rope through the 'grabber' part of another one for him to wear around his neck when he needs it at preschool. The constructive chewing calms him down, helps him focus, and has helped him learn not to chew on other things (ie. the fireplace....). I cannot recommend this product enough!! Thank you, ARK Therapeutics!

    3. My son's FAVORITE color-the PERFECT calmer

      Thanks for the Perfect color and the Perfect calming chewy on the market!!

    4. A Cheaper Alternative

      I was very pleased with the price and quality of the grabbers. They are used in jaw strength and stability exercises and are cheaper through ARK than any other company.

    5. We use the Grabber constantly

      My daughter has one on her at all times! When she goes to put fingers in her mouth we redirect to the Grabber. This has saved her fingers which were all bruised and damaged due to her Bite reflex. Now she gets the oral stim, sucking, and chewing she wants with none of the crying!

    6. Great chew tool

      Highly recommended this product... After i introduced this to my child.. He started to bite... Really happy for this purchase

    7. great oral stimulation

      Very compromised child loves to chew on this item. Easy to clean and lasts long

    8. Great pressure stim

      Works well for a little on who loves to run into safe objects and receive pressure for sensory stim

    9. Highly recommended

      I am a retailer near the Marcus Institute for Autism. The have one of the premier feeding programs in the country. they highly recommend the Pink Grabber and send their patience to us to purchase it. It is one of my best selling chew products.

    10. feels so good!

      This softer Ark grabber feels so good to chew on! Just ask my boy who cannot get enough of them! I do have to say that this softer purple does not last a super long time for an intense, constant chewer. We had to move to the more durable green version.

    11. Great, safe alternative

      The ARK Grabber is a great for children seeking sensory input from chewing. A safe alternative from mouthing or chewing on toys, books, etc. It also helps promote awareness of the oral cavity and is great for oral motor therapy to decrease sensitivities and defensiveness.

    12. GREAT PRODUCT

      After purchasing this product my son stop chewing on things that were not good for him including his brother. lol He has made some improvement since using this product. He does not chew as much as before.

    13. ARK's Grabber

      This is a great "chewy" for kids that chew on everything! Most kids seem to like chewing on this.

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    feature: Soft & very chewy for mild chewers
    feature: Or for beginners just learning to bite/chew
    feature: Loop makes it easy to hold
    feature: Long extension makes it easy to reach the back molars
    feature: Made in the USA
    feature: See full details below
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