my 5 year old has a severe learning disability ( possibly autistic ) is constantly chewing on things, shoelaces ( will just lift a shoe and chew the lace ) drawstrings on clothes, straps on schoolbag etc. have spoken to OT, and they have given him a rubber thing to chew on. Not making a difference, everytime i try to give it to him, he just says its the dogs toy, and throws it for the dog. Anyone else experienced this type of behaviour? Any ideas of what to do would be gladly welcomed.
You could tie a shoe lace around his wrist and encourage him to chew that instead his clothes and shoe laces on his shoes?
Dd2 chews too (mainly her clothes and small plastic toys), i find myself constantly saying 'take it out your mouth' and it doesn't seem to make any difference what so ever , if i could find something that she could wear around her wrist or something small for her to carry around it would be great but at the moment her favorite thing to chew is her t-shirt.
It would be nice if there was something to chew that wasn't either like a dog toy (completely agree about those chewy tubes) or girly like chewelry. DS1 chews constantly and all the collars and necklines of his clothes are stiff and ragged, but I can't give him either of those things because he is aware enough to know that other children would think he was chewing something the dog had played with or was wearing bracelets just like a girl.