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ARK's Y-Chew® Oral Motor Chew

ARK's Y-Chew® Oral Motor Chew

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    3 extensions to chew on, each with a different texture|||ARK's Y-Chew® is an oral motor chew tool with 3 extensions to chew on.  Each "arm" of the Y shape features a different texture: one smooth, one ribbed, and one with gentle bumps for a varying sensory experience.  

    Use the Y-Chew as an oral fidget for sensory seekers who crave chewing, or for anyone who needs to chew for any reason (as a safe alternative to biting your nails or grinding your teeth, as way for individuals fed via g-tube to still be able to chew on something orally, and so forth).  The Y-Chew is also a staple oral motor / feeding therapy tool.   Use it to practice biting/chewing skills without the risk of choking, or to work on jaw strength and stability, or to help decrease oral sensitivities / food aversions.  For individuals with low oral tone / limited jaw strength, start with the soft one and graduate to the harder one to gradually build oral strength.  It's a very simple yet versatile tool with many different uses.

    Like all ARK chews, it comes in 3 color-coded toughness levels:

    • Soft (Light Blue or Yellow) - recommended for mild chewing, individuals with low oral tone, or individuals with limited jaw strength just learning to bite and chew.  These are the softest ones with the most “squishiness” and “give” to them.
    • XT (Turquoise or Orange) - XT stands for "Xtra Tough."  These are firmer, but still fairly chewy.  Recommended for moderate chewers.  Or, individuals working on building jaw strength can eventually "graduate" from the soft to the XT.
    • XXT (Royal Blue or Red) - XXT stands for "Xtra Xtra Tough."  These are the most firm and provide the most resistance to the jaw.  No chew tool is indestructible, but these are very tough / the longest lasting option for avid chewing.  The Y-Chew XXT is usually the overall longest lasting chew for most avid chewers.

    Made in the USA  Made in the USA by ARK Therapeutic.  Medical grade, FDA compliant, NO lead, phthalates, PVC, BPA, or latex.  Each Y-Chew® is sold individually - choose which option you'd like from the pull-down menu above.  Exact color hues may vary slightly.

    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. 

     

     

    Features
    • The handle allows for an easy grip, and the extensions on the top part of the "y" make it easy to reach the back molar area we do most of our chewing.
    • Each arm has a different texture: one smooth, one ribbed, and one with gentle bumps. The varied texture helps introduce new sensations and decrease oral aversions.
    • The handle measures 2½ inches and the extensions measure 1¾ and 1¼ inches respectively.
    • Made in the USA.

     

     

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    1. GREAT Product

      What a great product! Each "leg" of the Y has a different size and texture and my son loves it. He's carried an ARK Grabber with him everywhere he goes for over a year, but as he's gotten older he seems to need a different kind of tool. The different sizes and textures on the Y-Chew seem to be just the change he needed. We don't go anywhere without our new Y-Chew!! I recommend it!

    2. Highly Recommend

      My 5 month-old daughter loves the Y-chew. She has been using it for about a month and we don't go anywhere without it! It's easy for her to hold on to and effective in providing oral exploration even in the early stages!

    3. Y-Chew

      Great design for young children to explore with their mouths.

    4. Good for the little ones

      I have not used these until recently and they are very toddler friendly with color and shape. Would like to have them offered more to a package.

    5. These Y Chews are awesome!!

      My daughter loves these! She will only use these so when I buy these, I always know they will be used!

    6. Great Chewing Tool

      Each child I have introduced the Y-Chew to has taken to it immediately. It has worked as a great way to introduce textures to kids when the Y-chew is dipped in a puree.

    7. Try This First

      I have a now three year old daughter with downs syndrome. She is like having a little puppy in the house chewing on everything - literally! Veronica absolutely loves the Y chewy in both soft and XT. The yellow is a little too flexible for her - I can see her manipulating it in an unsafe way, but the other is great! I highly recommend this for your child with or without sensory issues. Chewing is a major part of Veronica's oral sensory need. Also, we have the Z-vibe and it's seems these tools are closest to that instrument. Again, a great choice. Best of luck!

  • Other Details

    feature: 3 different 'arms' to chew on - all long enough to reach the back molars
    feature: Ribs and bumps provide added sensory input
    feature: Available in 3 color-coded toughness levels
    feature: All made in the USA
    feature: See full details below
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