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What Is Chewelry?

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Chewelry is jewelry that's chewable (chew + jewelry = “chewelry”).  If you crave chewing on non-food items for any reason, chewable necklaces and bracelets are a way to safely satisfy that need (instead of chewing on other potential harmful items like pencils, pens, shirts, toys, etc.).

Why is chewelry needed? 

Chewing can be a very effective way to calm and self-regulate, especially if you're anxious or stressed or need to focus.  It’s similar to how some people bite their fingernails when they’re nervous, or pace back and forth, or tap their foot, etc.  Needing to chew on non-food items is often sensory-related, but not always.  For a lot more background on why some people need to chew,  check out this article.

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What Is Chewelry?

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Chewelry is also sometimes used as an alternative to other potentially harmful oral habits, like tooth grinding or thumb sucking.

Or it can also be used by individuals on a g-tube who can’t eat by mouth, but still crave or miss the act of chewing.

Speech / feeding therapists use chew tools as a way to help teach certain  oral motor skills like jaw strengthtongue lateralization, etc.

We’ve even seen some people use them to help stop smoking or as a diet aid to lose weight.

So they can be helpful in a lot of different situations!

Chewelry is designed to look like regular jewelry, so it's a very discreet way to chew for both kids and adults (there is no age limit on chewelry / needing to chew).  Chewelry comes in all kinds of different shapes, sizes, colors, and levels of "chewiness" from soft to firm to super firm. To view them all,  click here.

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Chewelry Halloween Costume Ideas

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 [...]

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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Needing to Chew + Drooling

So my 8, almost 9 year old son loves your chewelry, especially your textured brick chewie. But what I'm finding lately is that it makes him drool like crazy!!  He always drooled some before when chewing, but now it even drips down his chin. Any ideas on what we can do to stop the [...]

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Does needing to chew mean my child has Autism or sensory processing disorder?

Question: I'm very new to all of this oral sensory topic.   I'm trying to understand it better as my 12 year old daughter shows significant signs for the need to chew and always has (I just thought it was teething and a phase).  The one thing I have noticed in my reading about [...]

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Do Chew Tools Increase the Need to Chew?

Question:  My son has ADHD and Anxiety, he spends a lot of time chewing/sucking on clothes, plastic, and other non- edible items. Would your chewies encourage this sensory seeking behavior or will it help him to eventually not need to mouth everything?   My son is 7 years old.  Thank you!  . . Great question.  Although each child [...]

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10 Tips for Kids Who Need to Chew - An Oral Sensory Diet

Have you ever craved crunchy foods?  Or chewed gum?  Ever chewed on your pen caps while concentrating or bit your fingernails when nervous?  We all have oral sensory habits to some extent. For children with sensory needs and/or Autism, however, oral sensory input can play a particularly important role.  Chewing throughout the day (especially during times of stress and/or [...]

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Sensory Benefits of Heavy Work Activities

Heavy work activities are any type of action that pushes or pulls against the body.  This could be tension created by something pushing/pulling against your body (like swimming where the water pushes against the body) or tension that the body itself creates (like monkey bars where the body’s own weight creates the resistance). . . Who can benefit from heavy work [...]

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