Innovating sensory tools from our family to yours since 2000. All made in the USA!

$5 shipping on all US orders. Free shipping on US orders $99 or more*

Debbie's Blog

Can't Eat by Mouth, but Still Want/Need to Chew?

Posted

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 think? Hope you can help me :-)

. 

Can't Eat by Mouth, but Still Want/Need to Chew?

.

It does sound like our Grabbers would be a great idea.  We often recommend these for individuals who can’t eat by mouth, but still want/need to chew.  For example, many individuals who have a g-tube use our chew tools.  They can't eat orally, but still have an instinct/craving to chew.  

My gut says that in addition to a Grabber, she may like having a few different chew tools to choose from at any given point.  Food comes in all different kinds of shapes/sizes/densities/textures, so something similarly diverse may be the most satisfying.

All of our chew tools come in 3 color-coded toughness levels.  The softest level is the most chewy, like a big wad of gum almost.  The toughest XXT level is the most rigid, closest to a carrot for example.  And there's a middle level in between.  Some days she might crave something crunchy / hard-to-chew like the XXT level; other days she might want something chewier that she can really "sink her teeth" into like the soft level.

Also like food, some chew tools have a smooth surface; others have textured surfaces with bumps and nubs and ridges.  Both simulate the feel of different kinds of real foods.  

So with an assortment of different chew tools, she can get a variety of densities + textures that mimic a diet of real food, without being actual food.

To see all of the chew tool options, click here.  If you decide to get additional options besides the Grabber, I'd recommend any of the shapes that have a long extension (like the GuitarY-ChewKrypto-BiteBrick Stick, or Bite Saber).  The reason being that these are long/slender enough to reach the back molars, which is usually where we chew the most / need the most input to the jaw.

.

When Kids Think Feeding Utensils Are Food

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 [...]

Read More »

Oral Motor Straw Workout

Below are directions for a Straw / Lip Blok program I've used with many of my kids over the years. I usually do this in conjunction with tongue thrust therapy when their swallowing pattern needs to be changed.  And it also helps work on oral tone and tongue retraction. . . What You'll Need: 1. Krazy Straws. [...]

Read More »

Chewelry for Girls

All of our chews are used by both boys and girls.  They come in a  variety of shapes and colors for lots of different interests.  But for anyone looking for traditionally "girly girl" designs, check out: ARK's Diamond Chew Necklace - As they say - diamonds are a girl's best friend! . . ARK's Krypto-Bite Chewable Gem Necklace - a beautiful [...]

Read More »

Frequency of Speech Therapy Sessions

Question:  Do all children with speech problems have to attend regular speech therapy?Not necessarily.  Sometimes you can place mild cases on consultation to monitor their development and progress. For example, I recently saw a child with an L distortion in a private school. She was four years old, and I knew the parents would be very [...]

Read More »

Feeding Problems - When It's Psychological

Question:  I've read your Food Refusal article, that feeding problems are usually related to oral motor or sensory problems.  But can it be psychological?  I’ve searched the internet and can find very little practical advice about addressing the fear of solid foods for an infant/toddler. Our son (3 and 1/2 now) is still eating pureed food [...]

Read More »

Feeding Therapy - Moving Beyond Food Prep

Question: I am working with a 7 year old girl in feeding therapy who is refusing to open her lips and just purses. She has been involved heavily in food preparation which she enjoys foing and shows great participation.  However when it comes to the taste testing part she refuses all foods. She does [...]

Read More »

The Benefits of Embracing the Need to Chew

Does chewing on shirt sleeves/collars sound familiar?   Chewing on legos or pencils?  Nail biting?  When this happens, one’s gut instinct might be to say “Don’t chew on that.”   And that’s true - we don’t want kids putting random objects in their mouths.  BUT, chewing (when redirected to  something safe to chew on) can actually be [...]

Read More »

Chewing on Ice

Hello - I have questions about the Dino Bite necklace. Would it work well for a 6 year old autistic child who likes to chew/eat ice?  He eats ice constantly and I'm wondering if this would be a better option for his teeth. Thank you! . . Hello!  It sounds like a chew tool would be a great [...]

Read More »

Food Aversions & Spoon Feeding Issues

Question:  Hi, I have a toddler who is almost 2 years old, have sensory processing disorder.  He also has feeding aversion. and super sensitive to texture & taste.  Some goals I am looking to achieve: desensitize the oral aversion, teaching him to eat different textures, making spoon-feeding fun (he is now fighting spoon-feed) and teaching [...]

Read More »

×
×