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Self-stimulating behaviour, better known as ‘stimming’ is something that we all do to some extent. Biting nails, twirling hair, chewing gum and cracking knuckles are all types of stimming. Those living with Autism and Sensory Processing Disorders display more frequent and sometimes dangerous forms of stimming. These can also cause physical or emotional harm. Examples of ‘harmless’ repetitive behaviours are flapping of hands, rocking, pulling hair, repetitive words and bouncing. More harmful behaviours can include head banging, scratching, chewing or biting.
It’s important to note that stimming is not behaviour to stop. It’s important for self-regulation and essential for releasing stress. Stopping this behaviour could cause an individual to become withdrawn, or replace one form of stimming with a more harmful, aggressive one. What’s key is to find the trigger for the behaviour, and introduce tools to help make the stimming safer and in some cases less frequent.
Stimming is often a reaction to a stressful or distressing situation. With the rise of COVID 19 we have all experienced heightened levels of stress and for some, emotionally upsetting times. For those living with Autism and SPD, the sudden lack of structure, routine and familiarity has been abruptly replaced with the unknown. This has unsurprisingly resulted in increased stimming.
One form of stimming that may have increased during COVID 19 lockdown is chewing. Either chewing items of clothing such as ‘cuffs’ or sleeves and toys, or more damaging items such as fingers, nails or inanimate objects such as chair and table legs.
The question asked from many parents/carers faced with this situation is – what can we introduce to encourage safer, less aggressive chewing? The answer, as recommended by many Occupational Therapists can be found in the form of Sensory Chews. As parents ourselves, we can happily concur with the results of a carefully selected, safe Sensory Chew! There are lots of Sensory Chews available on the market, but what’s important to remember is every child/adult is different and has different ‘chew needs’.
Sensory Direct have a complete range of Sensory Chews called ‘Chewbuddy’. These are suitable for children and adults from mild to aggressive chewers. We understand that there is no ‘one-fits-all’ when it comes to Sensory Chews. We offer a complete range of varying strengths, colours, shapes and even some that provide additional sensory feedback. There’s something for everyone.
To choose the correct Sensory Chew, we recommend the following steps;
Safety is of great importance to us, so all our Chewbuddy Sensory Chews are;