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RockyTigerScarf Fri 15-Jan-21 11:15:53

DS is 14 and has ADD and he chews things all the time. He chews his sleeves, hoodie strings, pencils, bites his nails etc and a friend recently mentioned chewelry to me. I'm wondering if anyone has any experience with chewelry and if it helps and is useful. Thank you

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RockyTigerScarf Fri 15-Jan-21 12:24:33

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Jellysplat Fri 15-Jan-21 12:28:20

I don’t have any but I wonder how acceptable it would be by the 14 year old? Or more likely their friends?

RockyTigerScarf Fri 15-Jan-21 13:00:50

@Jellysplat
I think if it's something to chew he'll try it but I'm not sure whether he'll like the feeling of it or if it will work. As for his friends, they are aware he has ADD

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mylittleyumyum Fri 15-Jan-21 13:06:19

It may work for some, and not for others. The only way you'll know is to buy him some.

DifficultPifcultLemonDifficult Fri 15-Jan-21 13:09:51

I recently bought some for my dd as she has developed tics which are getting worse and worse.

They have helped a little. Its certainly worth a try.

You can get all sorts of shapes and sizes so its worth having a look and see if there are any your son would wear/carry.

Riggsisadino Fri 15-Jan-21 13:24:35

Yes ! I have asd and use Chewigem they have a lot of ranges for older teens/adults. Including chubes to put in hoodie strings. I think they're great. Just my recommendation !

RockyTigerScarf Fri 15-Jan-21 15:54:14

Thank you for the replies! I'll look at chewigem now.

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MoodyMarshall Fri 15-Jan-21 16:08:15

DS1 gets through lots of chewelry! If you buy it from Amazon, it's cheaper.

RockyTigerScarf Sat 16-Jan-21 21:01:03

@MoodyMarshall
Thank you, I'll have a look at amazon aswell

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CoffeeWithCheese Sat 16-Jan-21 21:13:58

The chewigem chubes on his hoodie strings would probably pass as incognito enough to get through teenage fashion scrutiny - they come in black and other fairly plain colours.

The only thing is that they're not particularly robust if you've got a dedicated chewer - DD2 who admittedly has jaws like the fucking jaws of death firefighters use to open up crashed cars can mangle one in a few days.

ghiblifan Sat 16-Jan-21 21:14:25

Hi! I'm autistic and I use chewelry quite a lot, specifically from the neurodivergent-owned Stimtastic site- they have a bunch of designs that cater to different interests, some like more traditional jewellery and others shaped like dinosaurs, aliens, mushrooms and other things! The thing I find most useful is that they specify how hard you can chew them and have shapes for hard chewers, soft chewers and in between, some smooth and some textured so there's almost always something that suits each person. They're my favourite place to get sensory items in general, but their chewelry has always been really helpful for me grin

CoffeeWithCheese Sat 16-Jan-21 21:16:11

What I personally like (I'm a fiddler, nail biter, pen chewer and fidget) are the magnetic finger rings. www.thetoyshop.com/collectibles/fidget-toys/Magni-Rings-3-Pack/p/548996?gclid=CjwKCAiAuoqABhAsEiwAdSkVVDTbuwe5Amu9ct2xqE5_k6L384v_JMKtPvRr4SrpD51vUrXJ0FCZrxoCMKMQAvD_BwE&gclsrc=aw.ds These things - soooo bloody satisfying to fiddle with but they do make some really wonderful clicks when you're twirling them around which probably drive onlookers barmy. I've got into the habit of using them when I'm on calls and wanting to fiddle.

ElfAndSafetyInspector Sat 16-Jan-21 21:21:44

Chewigem are excellent for customer service.

I get DD's here: www.cheapdisabilityaids.co.uk/chuit-super-chew-203-p.asp

but she's much younger and if your DS is a teenager he probably wants something that isn't so obviously a chewy.

I love Stimtastic but be careful of customs fees.

I am cautious with sites that are not ASD / disability specific because the unscrupulous will sell dog toys as chews which are not safe for human use.

Toddlerteaplease Sun 17-Jan-21 00:48:40

I've got a really nice necklace that's actually a chewy thing. It doesn't look like it though. I bought it because I liked it. It's from Chewigems i think.

Toddlerteaplease Sun 17-Jan-21 00:49:59

I've got this one.

Einszwei Sun 17-Jan-21 00:58:26

I have a 14 year old brother the same age who uses them. It helps - although he still chews other items. He also goes through them very quickly. With chewigems he has the tread bangles (he doesn't wear them on his wrist), the dog tags and then he also has some non branded stick chews from amazon.

He doesn't use them when out with friends, as he only usually tics at home.

Bells3032 Sun 17-Jan-21 01:00:45

I've got a purple heart chewlery necklace. I'm a dreadful nail biter and bite til my fingers hurt (even with acrylics on). Really helps

NotanotherboxofFrogs Sun 17-Jan-21 03:41:47

I have a red pendant which has taken a lot of wear, it has stopped me from chewing my arms off literally as when things get too overwhelming I bite my arms (not my hands weirdly), it has been a tool in coping with my cptsd and was recommended originally by occupational therapist.

NoShitHemlock Sun 17-Jan-21 04:21:45

14yrs old DD uses chewellery all the time (that's a great word btw - I hadn't heard it before today!)

We buy regularly directly from Chewigem and also from Amazon, and with her Christmas money we ordered from TinkNStink. The Chewigem quality is great and they have loads of choices that suit all ages and types of chewers (DD prefers longer items so she can chew with her back teeth). For longevity though I would highly recommend the bracelets as they seem to take a bit more wear and tear.

Daisychainsandglitter Sun 17-Jan-21 05:53:03

My DD who is 6 is a chewer and and she often has a necklace in the shape of a Lego brick.
They wear quite quickly though with her vice like jaws!
She also has a bracelet which is a bit stronger. Some chewlery is really nice.
I get most of hers from Amazon or Ebay.

FaLaLaLaLaLaLaLaBlah Sun 17-Jan-21 06:54:25

We use it all the time for DS and it really helps

Stupidusernamefaff Sun 17-Jan-21 06:57:21

My son had a chewigem bracelet that was black and looked like a tyre, I think it could look quite ‘cool’ for a teenager. It was from Amazon. With a bracelet he could tuck it into his shirt / jumper too if he wanted.

RockyTigerScarf Tue 19-Jan-21 00:25:47

Thank you for all the replies, I'm thinking of ordering one of the bracelets or the chubes from chewigem. If DS takes to them I'll definitely buy more. I've also seen some on amazon that look good but I'll see what he thinks of it first.

@CoffeeWithCheese Yes! DS has some of them too, although I haven't seen them in ages so I'll get some more.

I'll have to check out the stimtastic website aswell. grin

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MazDazzle Wed 20-Jan-21 09:02:47

It’s a case of trial and error. I bought my DD12 a necklace (looks like a usb stick on a black chord) which she uses. The tyre bracelet she didn’t like the texture or smell of. Both were from chewigem.

I also bought some chewable pencil toppers, which she wasn’t massively keen on, but I’ve put them on all her pens and pencils anyway as she’s already broken a tooth.

I did read that you have to train your brain to use them.

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