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Chew, Bite, Suck

Does your kid chew their sleeves til it is wet and soggy too? Or stuff their entire hand in their mouth? Believe it or not these are effective ways of self regulating, as it engages one of the stronger muscle in the body, the jaw muscle, in regular motion. Many of our children and sensory seeking, especially orally so. 

Keeping blood sugar levels on an even keel is key. So this page is filled with mainly edible ideas for oral stimulation. The mum who complied these ideas (as they worked for her son) recommend a snack or meal every two hours. Beware of intake sugar, and that the beneficial effect of chewingcan wear off if you rely too much on one type of snack.

You can play with textures, tastes and temperature.  

Have fun exploring! And let us know if you have ideas you think we should add to the page.

 


Cucumbers - We Are Family - Adoption support community

Cucumbers

Smaller cucumbers is a recent find for me. Perhaps it is the size and the harder skin that makes them better than simple cucumber sticks. But the difference is discernible. I hand them out at play dates to all kids in the house. Keep things calm for ... 5-10mins.

Frozen peas - We Are Family - Adoption support community

Frozen peas

A small cups with frozen peas or corn is a great snack. Small things to pick at, and the cold is good. Again very orally satisfying.

Straw - We Are Family - Adoption support community

Straw

The old farmer knew a thing of two about sensory integration.

Frozen Corn - We Are Family - Adoption support community

Frozen Corn

Like frozen pea, this is a great sensory oral motor snack.

Carrot sticks - We Are Family - Adoption support community

Carrot sticks

Yup - it can be that easy. If your kids (or you?) like strong tastes, try drizzling with some lemon.

Crips slices apple - We Are Family - Adoption support community

Crips slices apple

Many fresh fruit works well, but apple perhaps the best. Biting into a whole apple is great. Though slices go down easier for some.

Lollipop - We Are Family - Adoption support community

Lollipop

You know just what this feels like, no?

Dried Mango - We Are Family - Adoption support community

Dried Mango

This is probably the most chewy dried fruit. Go for the most chewy you can find. The softer versions are not as satisfying and does not give the jaw the proper work out, i.e. not as effectively, regulating.

Liquorice root - We Are Family - Adoption support community

Liquorice root

It's a sweet tasting stick. Can last for days, if you keep trimming it.

Dried Squid - We Are Family - Adoption support community

Dried Squid

Yes, it's smelly, chewy, dried fish...

Dried Jerky - We Are Family - Adoption support community

Dried Jerky

Very salty dried beef. Very satisfying for some.

Ice cubes - We Are Family - Adoption support community

Ice cubes

My son loves crushing ice cubes between his teeth.
You can pop fruit or mint leaves into the tray if you like.

Straws - We Are Family - Adoption support community

Straws

Drinking through a straw can also be calming. Make sure the liquid is a little hard to draw up through the straw. Think milk and yogurt 1:1 or a smoothie. These straws are biodegradable. If you want to avoid plastic paper and steel straws are also good. Or you can try pasta! Bucatini is about the right size.

Chewing gum - We Are Family - Adoption support community

Chewing gum

Yes. Chewing gum. Very regulatory. This type is aspartane-free.