Especially his clothes!
I'm fed up with misshapen, soggy sleeves or necklines.
He doesn't chew anything else just his clothes. I've tried giving him bits of fabric to chew on but it has to be the clothes he is wearing.
I know you can get things specially for chewers but I don't know how effective they are, look at www.fledglings.org.uk They don't list their products but will send you a catalogue. Not sure about any other ideas.....
Which bits does he chew? I find summer less of a problem because she's in short sleeves and unobtrusive necklines. So easier to divert to a chew toy or blankie or whatever as the clothes are intrinsicly less "tasty" this time of year. You might be able to dress him in a way that makes it easier to break/divert the habit?
The sleeves when long and any neckline. He hoists them up so he can chew!
Any neckline, Vneck, round, shirts, jumpers, jackets all have chew marks.
The only way round it I think is to keep him topless but then he goes and dresses himself anyway!
..we have not mastered the chewing thing yet...ds1 is 13 with AS/ADHD and still chews playstation controllers,gameboys,pens (and practically eats them too).
ds2 (AS)is the same plus bites buttons
ds3 chews school polo shirt collars and any long sleeves - so has no polo shirts at home (he hates collars...) and keep house warm all year so he can wear short sleeves year-round.He also chews velcro...on shoes/hats etc.
Other items chewed in house are remote controls,video/dvd boxes,cushions,towels etc
have used "stop'n'grow" with some sucess - that stuff that deters nail biting.
have painted it on tv remote...and caught my husband out as turned out he was know to chew the odd remote too!!! (well...like father - like sons!)
ds, 5, aspergers also chews all his clothes. at school he has a chewy sort of bracelet made of therapeutic plastic to gnaw on. And a stress ball he also chews. I'm got used to it now really, though I have to stop him chewing things like metal gate bolts and railings - and mouthing glass shop counters!
Typical Aspergers/dyspraxia thing. Sensory feedback seeking and a stress related issue too for ds - finds it comforting. Lots of people do - hence the number of chewed pens and pencils in the world.
aloa...tom (13) chews along pencils from 1 end to the other...splitting it so the lead falls out!
he does the same with pens!
the only pen we've managed to find which lasted more than 1 day was a biro that had a twist action...he was unable to dismantle it- and enjoyed fiddling with the 'twist mechanism' so much that it didn't enter his mouth!
that's actually a point in itself...alot of chewing in our house can be swapped for "fiddle toys"... even with tom at 13 i can go up to him mid chew- and put something in his hands and he'll start 'exploring' by hand..may still mouth it...
with alex (8) i have even placed his old teethers in his fiddle box...he unfortunately has bitten off a few chunks...but at least i haven't resorted to my last resort idea...to get some dog toys!!!
My DS is always chewing his clothes too. He doesn't have a dx yet, we are still going through assessment process, but I feel he is probably dyspraxic/AS.
He is always chewing his sleeves, and sometimes he will have the handle of his book bag in his mouth. It drove me mad, but I hadn't realised it was a typical AS thing.