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Posted on 29th Aug 2017
Halloween is definitely a FUN holiday for most people! But sometimes it can also be stressful. On Halloween, it can seem like the world flips upside down. Monsters come alive, goblins run amuck, there's fake blood and strange costumes. There are lots of new experiences and potentially over-stimulating situations that can cause stress/anxiety/sensory overload.
Having a "chewie" at hand is always helpful for anyone who needs to chew, but it's especially helpful during times of stress/change, like Halloween.
To that end, with Halloween coming up soon, below are some fun ideas for incorporating a chewy into your and/or your child's Halloween costume this year.
Chewies don't have to be a part of the costume (they can still be worn even if they don't specifically match the costume), but here are some cool ideas in case you do want them to match:
DIAMOND - Be a princess, queen, or Audrey Hepburn wearing a diamond necklace
BASKETBALL - Be a basketball player
BANGLES - Wear several bracelets on each arm and be a hippie or fortune teller
SMILEY FACE - Be a flower-power child or an emoji character
KRYPTO-BITE - Be a sorceress, wizard, or genie. You can also wear one of the blue or translucent ones and be Elsa wearing an ice crystal
CHEW TAGS - Be a soldier, air force pilot, or coast guard
ARROWHEAD - Be an archaeologist
SABER TOOTH - Wear a safari/explorer costume, or be a caveman, shark, or marine biologist
NINJA STAR - Be a ninja!
Most people know the Grabber, Y-Chew, and Guitar as non-food chewing tools that provide a safe alternative to nail biting, chewing on pencils, etc. But did you know they can also be used to work on lots of different oral motor / feeding therapy goals? . .Here are some of our favorite ways to incorporate the Grabber, Y-Chew, and/or Guitar [...]
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I’m a therapist searching for a product for an older woman with intellectual disabilities. She loves food and drink, but it’s not an option to drink and eat all day. So we’re looking for a safe way to her to chew without actually eating. I was thinking about your grabbers? What do you [...]
Question: I work with a child who has Down Syndrome. She is 16 months old. She presents with open mouth posture and tongue thrusting not during feeding. Mom purchased a Z-vibe and I saw your article on using the Z-vibe to promote lip closure. Only problem is....anytime we go near her [...]
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