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Tzvi Schectman
BY Tzvi Schectman

10 Sensory Chew Toys For Children With Autism & Other Special Needs

Many people have a tendency to chew on anything they can get their hands on. It is very common to see children with special needs and particularly those with autism chewing on something.

The Reasons for Chewing

Here are some reasons that chewing can be helpful for individuals with special needs.

  1. Chewing can help with anxiety and can help calm down a child with special needs.
  2. When overstimulated a child with special needs may feel the need to bite or chew to help regain balance.
  3. Chewing may be due to a condition called Pica.
  4. A child may be getting new teeth in or may have a cavity.

Where to find Chew Toys

Thankfully there are a number of chew toys available to help children with special needs. Below you will find 10 products from 10 different stores. Does your child have a favorite chew toy? Tell us about it in the comments below!

1. Chewbeads Bracelet

Chewbeads BraceletDesigned for babies and kids who love to chew on their mom’s jewelry, Chewbeads merges fashion with therapy by providing a soft, non-toxic jewelry, which is colorful, chic and, above all else safe. Chewbeads are great for children with autism, sensory processing delays or oral motor delays. Bracelets are made with 100% silicone and are easily cleaned with dish soap & water, also dishwasher safe!
Fun and FunctionStore: Fun & Function
Price: $18.99
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Kid Companions Chewlery2. Kid Companions Chewlery

Chewelry is a fashionable, non-toxic, plastic piece of chewable jewelry that is a great tool to keep children from chewing on their pens and clothes! Each piece of Chewelry features a lanyard with a breakaway clasp that will release and can be re-attached with ease. Chewelry is safe, washable, bpa, pvc, lead and latex free.
Kid CompanionsStore: Kid Companions
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3. Dr. Bloom’s Chewable Jewels

Dr. Bloom's Chewable Jewels Bracelet and Necklace with Rectangle SlideDr. Bloom’s Chewable Jewels were originally made by Dr. Helen Bloom Smith, a dentist and a loving mom. Focus was put on creating a fashionable design while paying special attention to using product materials that are made from FDA approved food grade silicone. Dr. Bloom’s Chewable Bracelet and Circle Slide Necklace comes with latex free cording that is made with elasticity to allow for stretching.
Price: $17.50
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4. Red Chewy Tubes

Chewy TubesChewy Tubes provide a resilient, non-food, chewable surface for people who need to practice chewing or may be chewing on things that are inappropriate. Chewy Tubes are safe and can help redirect problem chewing behaviors and also help develop proper chewing skills.  The color of each tube represents a different diameter. Red Chewy Tubes are the most popular color because they are a medium size diameter.
National Autism ResourcesStore: National Autism Resources
Price: $7.99
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5. Chew Stixx Pencil Toppers

Chew Stixx Pencil ToppersThe Chew Stixx Pencil Topper fits any number 2 pencil, decreases lead exposure, is safe for teeth, is socially acceptable, is allowed in classrooms, increases attention, lowers anxiety levels, and has been proven to improve concentration skills in children constantly seeking sensory input. Excellent for streamline and special needs children.
bellybum logoStore: bellybum
Price: $6.95
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6. ChewyQ

ChewyQChewy Q’s are an innovative oral motor device designed to provide a resilient, chewable surface for practicing biting and chewing skills. Small and large jaws alike enjoy the tactile input offered by biting on Chewy Q’s for fun and therapeutic purposes. Helps improve jaw stability and provides valuable sensory input to the jaw.
especialneedsStore: eSpecial Needs
Price: $5.95
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7. Lolli Chew Stixx

Lolli Chew StixxKids love these fun new lollipop-shaped chewy fidgets that feature an easy-grasp circular handle that is just the right size for little fingers! Comes in your choice of Smooth that has a slightly raised “spiral” pattern on the chewy surface, or Knobby that features lots of textured sensory chewy bumpies!
Therapy ShoppeStore: Therapy Shoppe
Price: $7.99
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8.Cool Chews Race Car

Cool Chews Race CarCool Chews are a fun, socially appropriate alternative for kids who chew on their clothing, pencils, or other objects! These fun, non-edible shapes are great for kids who crave oral stimulation. Choose a speedy race car or beautiful butterfly. Each has multi-textured surfaces for a varied sensory experience. Cool Chews are made in the USA and are BPA, phthalate and latex free.
Sensory SmartStore: Sensory Smart
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9. Sensory Jewelry

Sensory JewelryThis necklace is lovely as a color accent to any wardrobe but it is perfect for the collar chewers out there. This necklace is made with clean knit fabric. braided and knotted. It is lovely as a color accent to any wardrobe but it is perfect for the collar chewers out there.
etsyStore: Etsy/therapeuticthreads
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10. Borris, Prince of Whales

Boris Plush ToyThe Borris® plush Toy is a chew-safe soft toy designed in a way that acknowledges the needs of children with Sensory Processing Disorder and Autism. Many children with unique sensory needs mouth and chew objects for oral motor input. Most plushtoys are unsafe to mouth–and as a result, many parents are reluctant to give them to their sensory seeking children.
Soft ClothingStore: Soft Clothing

Top image Credit: B Kitty

Tzvi Schectman

Written on October 7, 2013 by:

Tzvi Schectman is the Family Coordinator for the Friendship Circle of Michigan and the Editor of the the Friendship Circle Blog. You can connect with Tzvi on LinkedIn and Google+
  • anonymous

    JellyStone Designs makes chewy jewelry that is unobtrusive and sleek. They even have a line of necklaces just for kids!

  • Sensory Direct

    Great piece – we are parents to a 12 year old boy with ASD. When he was younger he would chew and bite literally everything. We developed the Chewbuddy and now have 2 versions – 1 for younger kids and 1 for older more agressive biters. We are in the UK and need a US distributor! We can be found at the Sensory Direct website.

  • Thank you so much for including my sensory jewelry.

  • Rosemary Motte

    I have a five year old granddaughter. With her it is more like licking everything. She does chew things but most of the time it is licking.

  • Anna Olsén

    Just a small correction:
    “The Chew Stixx Pencil Topper fits any number 2 pencil, decreases lead exposure,”

    Pencil “leads” do NOT contain lead. It’s charcoal and clay.
    So the toppers do NOT “decrease lead exposure” but may still be a nice product. 🙂

    • fcmichigan

      Anna, Thanks for the clarification. I think the product description is referring to charcoal and clay which is still called lead.

  • Lady_Ashmire

    Does any of this sensory jewelry stuff have a texture similar to Nylabone? I find that to be best for my sensory issues but it would be better if they didn’t look like obvious dog toys.

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  • Lorna d’Entremont

    Thanks for including our KidCompanions Chewelry in your list of sensory chew toys for children with autism and other special needs. In Nov/13 we launched a second chew necklace called SentioChews which has a super-soft rubber feel but is more durable than silicone.

  • Rainbow Bites

    So many great chewable products. I really like the idea of necklaces that are chewable.!shop/mainPage

  • Linda Hancock

    My 7 yr. old granddaughter has Pica. I’ve discovered “chew beads” are very helpful however she has a need to bite down more on her molars than front teeth and most of the chew beads I’ve found are too large and/or have a chain/string that can be bitten through. Does anyone know of a necklace with a chew “slide” small enough to get to the back teeth and attached to a necklace that can’t be bitten through or separated.

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  • calisgail

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    Find wonderful Baby Car Ride Toy and Battery Operated Car at stores online, you can browse for kid toys by age group to
    easily find what you need for both babies and teens.

  • Brigita

    Great article about kids clothes wholesale. Thanks.

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  • Sula Maye

    I’m concerned about plastics and silicone, it is assumed it’s safe but I don’t want to use it, are there any natural chews for children like undyed leather?

    • JStamp

      I was wondering the same thing. I am experimenting with licorice root.

    • Pierrette d’Entremont-Crimmins

      It’s a bit of a late reply but I am the mom who designed the KidCompanions Chewelry. At the time, in 2006, the idea of a “wearable chewable pendant” was actually a pretty odd thing to pitch to Canadian manufacturers and engineers. We were also worried about material imports (the first reports were coming in about lead and nickel in imported children’s jewelry sold in stores too). We looked at natural rubber, silicone, natural woods and various plastics. The KidCompanions Chewelry were tested and retested with at least 12 materials and we settled on a MEDICAL GRADE (tougher regulations than Food Grade) thermoplastic elastomer. (this is similar to the implants for cartilage that surgeons use for lifelong implants). We still make them in a medical device facility with a clean room in Ontario, Canada and because they are made of 2 fused parts, they actually have to be manually put into the second mold by hand and checked. The amount of colorant (ALSO MEDICAL GRADE) is minimal, When we add the colour to the clear rubber-like mix there is only about 4-6 grains to 200+ grains of clear.

      When it came to the lanyard and the breakaways, we were actually similarly concerned! Our KidCompanions breakaways are custom and made with the same material as the harder inside “dot” of the KidCompanions and the lanyards are cotton with colorfast dyes. Hopefully that helps explain our health and safety information for the KidCompanions.

  • Darken Harrington

    yeah 8 too 9 loved too chew stuff notebooks, number too pencils, all that but pencils don’t have lead they have graphite.

    even tho pencils don’t have lead they can still damage your teeth because just like any other hard substance like ice ect. their still harder than you teeth are.


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