Our very own chewy for kids who love to chew for sensory relief - and now available with safety lanyard.
Children with autism or other special needs often have a need to chew - they might start with their hands, their shirt, or other handy item, but eventually, parents realise that it is probably safer, cleaner, and more purposeful for their child to have specific items for chewing.
We wanted to create a chewy product for kids that was also fun to fidget with and came up with the chewbuddy in the shape of a stick man!
- A safe alternative to chewing on fingers, cuffs, pencils and toys.
- A oral tactile fidget toy for sensory seekers craving proprioceptive feedback
- Made from medical grade material, with NO phthalates, PVC, BPA, or latex.
- Can be sterilsed or cleaned by popping in the dishwasher
- CE approved
- Latex free
- WARNING: Not recommended for aggressive chewers
Set contains: x1 Chewbuddy (blue) and x1 safety lanyard (blue). Additional/spare lanyards are available to purchase HERE.
TIP: The Chewbuddy can be easily cleaned by putting into your dishwasher or steriliser.
IMPORTANT : Sensory Chews are not a toy and whilst they are durable they are not indestructible. Wear and tear can be expected depending to the oral needs of the user and how heavily the product is chewed. Use under direct supervision at all times and replace the chew if signs of wear and tear are evident. The lanyard and clasp are not intended to be chewed and contain small parts which may be a choking hazard. Using the lanyard is not recommended for children under 5 years old.
We aim to despatch your goods within 2 working days of receiving your order, provided we have the goods in stock. You can check the status of your order at anytime by logging into to your customer account (you will need to create this first). Small items are sent by Royal Mail Recorded Delivery. Larger items are made by courier and a signature is required on delivery.
Delivery dates are approximate and no liability whatsoever is accepted in respect of late deliveries. If your order is required urgently or by a fixed date then please email email@example.com and we will do what we can to meet your deadline.
Returns - Weighted Blankets
You can try a weighted blanket for 60 days.....if it's not working you can send it back to us. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org prior to returning your blanket - we will email you back with instructions and a returns number. Without a returns number your refund will be delayed.
Please note that a standard charge of £40.00 (+VAT where appropriate) will be deducted from all refunds to cover the cost of cleaning and processing. Blankets returned unopened will be refunded in full.
Returns - Other Products
If you are not 100% satisfied with the goods you have purchased you may return within 14 days of receipt for a refund or exchange. To receive a refund or exchange, goods must be returned unused, in their original packaging and with all original documentation. Chewys and other Oral Motor items cannot be refunded where the packaging has been opened.
Refunds for goods which are returned used, in an unsaleable condition or after 14 days will be at the total discretion of Sensory Direct (UK) Ltd.
Goods purchased by trade customers and distributors may not be returned unless the goods are faulty or sent in error.
Please complete a RETURNS FORM when sending back your goods - this is sent with your order. Please email email@example.com if you need a replacement. WIthout a completed form your refund may be delayed.
Unless the goods are faulty or sent in error you are responsible for the cost of returning the goods to us. We recommend you use recorded delivery and obtain insurance, as proof of posting is not proof of receipt. Where goods are not faulty or sent in error only the cost of the goods excluding postage & packing will be refunded.
Please see full T&Cs here
This product is eligible for VAT relief and is available zero rated and therefore free from VAT (Value Added Tax) at the current rate of 20%.
Who can claim for VAT relief?
If you have a disability or a chronic medical condition you can claim VAT relief and you are purchasing the goods for personal or domestic use. If you are a parent or carer you can claim VAT relief on behalf of a child or person you look after.
When you checkout you will be asked whether you are eligible for VAT relief. If you qualify tick the "Yes" option and complete the declaration form. VAT will automatically be deducted from the relevant items in your basket.
If you are a parent or carer and you are purchasing on behalf of your child or someone you look after you will not need to pay VAT on this item. A statement of special educational needs or a diagnosis of a condition is not necessary.
Charities qualify for VAT exemption where these conditions are met, however schools and homes may not qualify as the goods are not for domestic use, however they may be able to reclaim the VAT from Customs & Excise. If your organisation qualifies please complete the VAT exemption declaration form and send this with your order.
If you are in any doubt as to whether you are eligible to receive zero rated goods you should contact the HM Revenue & Customs National Advice Service on 0845 010 9000 or call our Helpline on 0800 0837 212 before signing a declaration.
- Children with autism or other special needs often have a need to chew
- Made in the UK
- Chewbuddy design is patent protected
- Chewbuddy is a registered trademark
- WARNING: Not recommend for aggressive chewers
Many children (and some adults) on the Autism Spectrum chew or bite on non-edible objects such as toys or pencils or they like to suck shirt sleeves or bite jumpers. This is a form of “Stimming” which is short for self stimulatory behaviour.
Chewing is just one form of stimming – others can be hand flapping, rocking or spinning – and these are often done to relieve anxiety, reduce fear and combat sensory overload. Most people stim to some degree – nail biting, hair twirling and foot tapping are all stimming behaviours – but for those with Autism their stimming thends to be more extreme and more frequent impairing their ability to interact with other people and participate in ordinary activities. A child in a classroom who is constantly stimming by flapping or pacing up and down will not only find it difficuly to take part but will also be a distraction to others.
Chewing non-edible objects one of the more managenable forms of stimming and has little impact on others. The main issue is what to chew or bite safely without risk of choking or poisoning. Sucking and biting jumpers and shirts is less dangerous but does lead to dirty sweaters and soggy cuffs!
There are some who advocate discouraging stimming on the grounds that it is often inappropriate. Another view is that, as long as it is safe and does not impact on others, stimming is a useful outlet, reducing anxiety and allowing the autistic person to handle situations they find difficult or stressful.
There are various strategies and tools to modify chewing and biting. Chewy foods such as carrots and celery sticks can be used as a temporary chew. Specially designed chewy toys such as the Chewbuddy (made from medical grade material) also provide a safe alternative to chewing on fingers, cuffs, pencils and toys.