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​15 Made in the USA Autism Chew Toys

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Need to chew?   You’ve come to the right place!  We make 15 (and counting) different chew tool designs.  They come in a variety of shapes, sizes, textures, and hardnesses to best meet a variety of sensory preferences.  Each option provides a safe, appropriate outlet for the need to chew (instead of chewing on one's hands, shirts, sleeves, pencils, headphones, etc.).

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Autism Sensory Chews.

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Before diving into each one in more detail, it’s important to note:

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1.  Many people call these “chew toys”, hence the title of this post.  But they should actually be considered chew tools.  Toys are for playing, whereas tools exist for a specific function - in this case to meet an important sensory / therapeutic need.  Chew tools help both kids and adults calm, focus, and self-regulate.

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2.  All of our chew tools come in 3 color-coded toughness levels:

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•     Soft - the softest, “chewiest” option.  Especially with the slender shapes, you can “sink your teeth” into these the most.  Recommended for mild chewing, or for those who like to chew on soft items like fabric or gum.

•     XT are “Xtra Tough” - this option is firmer, but still chewy.  Recommended for moderate chewing.  This is a good “middle of the road” option when in doubt.  It's similar to the feel of Pink Pearl erasers.

•     XXT are “Xtra Xtra Tough” - the most firm option.  These are pretty tough and rigid, but still chewable.  Recommended for more avid chewing OR for those who like to chew on very firm items like wood or hard plastic.  Although no chew tool is indestructible, these are usually the longest lasting option for heavy chewers.


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3.   All ARK chews are made in Columbia, South Carolina, USA. We actually make them personally with our own hands so that we can best ensure quality and safety, both of the chew tools themselves as well as the people making them.  To read more about us,  click here

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Autism Sensory Chews - ARK Grabbers

ARK’s Grabber®

This was one of our first inventions, and the very first product on the market specifically for individuals with Autism and/or sensory processing disorder who needed to chew.

  • Long extension to reach the back molars
  • Loop of the “P” makes it easy to hold
  • Can be used as a safe alternative to biting on one’s hands, shirt collars/sleeves, pencils, headphones, etc; OR as an oral motor tool to practice biting/chewing skills and build up jaw strength
  • Can also be used as a hand fidget (squeeze the loop with your hand for some stress relief and/or as a hand strength exercise)
  • Size:  about 5" lengthwise, just under 2" across the loop/handle, and ½ an inch thick

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    Autism Sensory Chews - ARK's Textured Grabber

    ARK’s Textured Grabber®

    A textured version of the original Grabber®.  It packs all of the same features as the smooth Grabber® above, plus:

  • Lots of bumps and nubs for added sensory input - great for sensory seekers
  • This tactile surface can also help with oral defensiveness
  • Size:  about 5" lengthwise, just under 2" across the loop/handle, and ½ an inch thick

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    Autism Sensory Chews - ARK's Y-Chew

    ARK’s Y-Chew®

    A “cousin” to the Grabber®, the Y-Chew features:

  • 3 different extensions to chew on
  • Because it has 3 different extensions to chew on, the Y-Chew XXT is typically the longest lasting option for avid chewing
  • Each extension has a different texture on it (one smooth, one ribbed, one bumpy) for varied sensory input
  • Each “arm” is long enough to reach the back molars, where chewing is usually needed the most / provides the most proprioceptive input to the jaw
  • Size:  The handle measures about 2.5", and the extensions about 1.75 and 1.25"
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    Autism Sensory Chews - ARK's Krypto-Bite™ Gem Necklace

    ARK’s Krypto-Bite™ Gem Necklace

    Over the years, many parents told us that they put our Grabber on a lanyard so that it could be worn as a necklace. So we decided to come out with a more discreet, wearable version of the Grabber for on-the-go / hands-free chewing. The Krypto-Bite™ was the first chewable jewelry (“chewelry”) option we created, and many more shapes followed. All of the necklaces below come with an adjustable breakaway necklace cord.

  • Gender-neutral, age-neutral prism shape
  • Stylish for both girls and boys, kids and adults
  • Long enough to reach the back molars
  • Size of the pendant:  about 3" long and ½ an inch in diameter (very similar in size as the extension of the Grabber)
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    Autism Sensory Chews - ARK's Krypto-Bite™ Tube Necklace

    ARK’s Krypto-Bite™ Tube Necklace

  • Same hex / prism shape as the Krypto-Bite™ above, but it hangs horizontal instead like bead
  • Good for nibbling, for those who like to bite/chew with their front teeth
  • Size of the pendant:  about 2.2" long and just under ½ an inch in diameter
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    Autism Sensory Chews - ARK's Brick Stick (textured)

    ARK’s Brick Stick™ Chew Necklace (Textured)

  • Rectangular “brick” shape
  • Large bumps on one side
  • Small bumps on the back side
  • Lots of sensory input!
  • Long enough to reach the back molars
  • Size of the pendant:  about 2.5" long, ⅝" wide, and just under ½ an inch thick
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    Autism Sensory Chews - ARK's Brick Stick (smooth)

    ARK’s Brick Stick™ Chew Necklace (Smooth)

  • A smooth version of the Brick Stick™
  • For those who don’t want / don’t need the added texture
  • Also a more discreet version of the Brick for older kids and adults
  • Long enough to reach the back molars
  • Size of the pendant:  about 2.5" long, ⅝" wide, and ⅜" thick
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    Autism Sensory Chews - ARK's Saber Tooth

    ARK’s Saber Tooth Chew Necklace

  • “Fangtastic" shape - could be a saber tooth, shark tooth, etc.
  • Long enough to reach the back molars
  • Size of the pendant:  about 2.5" long, 1" across the widest part, and just under ½ an inch thick
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    Autism Sensory Chews - ARK's Bite Saber™

    ARK’s Bite Saber™ Chew Necklace

  • Our longest chew pendant
  • Tactile handle with lots of textured interest
  • Smooth “blade” end for chewing
  • Long enough to reach the back molars
  • Size of the pendant:  about 4" long and just under ½ an inch in diameter at the tip
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    Autism Sensory Chews - ARK's Dino-Bite™

    ARK’s Dino-Bite™ Chew Necklace

  • Perfect for T-Rex / dinosaur fans!
  • One of our “beefiest” / widest chew pendants
  • Great for those who like to chew with their front teeth and/or pre-molars
  • Size of the pendant:  about 1.5 x 2.5" inches and just under ½ an inch thick
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    Autism Sensory Chews - ARK's Super Star

    ARK’s Super Star Chew Necklace

  • Like the Dino-Bite™, this is also one of our “beefiest” / widest chew pendants
  • Great for those who like to chew with their front teeth and/or pre-molars
  • Smooth on the back side, with a tactile star on the front side
  • Size of the pendant:  about 1.1" at the widest part, just under 2" tall, and just under ½ an inch thick
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    Autism Sensory Chews - Smooth Bracelets

    ARK’s Bangle Chewable Bracelet (Smooth)

  • Easy twist-on design - no “forcing” the bracelet over your wrist
  • A great option for those who can’t wear necklaces
  • Can be worn with one of the necklaces above for a matching set
  • Can be used as a fidget - twist/bend it out of shape, then back into shape
  • Wear more than one bracelet for added calming weight to the hand/wrist
  • Comes in 2 sizes - small and large
  • Size:  As a general rule, the small is good for those with a wrist circumference of 5.5" or smaller.   And the large is good for those with a wrist circumference of 5.5" or larger.  
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    Autism Sensory Chews - Textured Bracelets

    ARK’s Brick Chewable Bracelet (Textured)

  • All of the same great features as the bangle above
  • Plus lots of textured bumps around the circumference for added sensory input
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    Autism Sensory Chews - ARK's Krypto-Bite™ Pencil Topper

    ARK’s Krypto-Bite™ Chewable Pencil Topper

  • A pencil topper version of the Krypto-Bite™ necklace.
  • Same popular prism shape, but designed to fit over pencils instead
  • A great fit for homework, taking notes, etc. to increase focus
  • The topper also adds extra weight to the pencil, which can help increase hand awareness
  • Fits most standard #2 pencils
  • Works best with an eraser-less pencil (each topper comes with one)
  • Size of the topper:  about 2.75" long and ½ an inch in diameter
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    Autism Sensory Chews - ARK's Bite Saber™ Pencil Topper

    ARK’s Bite Saber™ Chewable Pencil Topper

  • All of the same features as the Krypto-Bite™ topper above
  • But with a textured surface for lots of extra sensory input
  • Size of the topper:  a little over 2.5" long and ½ inch in diameter
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    For help narrowing down your options, check out our Chew Chart and/or Chewing Guide.  You can also contact us and we'd be happy to point you in the right direction.  Please let us know the person's age, 3-5 examples of what they currently tend to chew on, and if there is any damage to those items when they chew on them.

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