One of the great things about advancement in technology where our children are concerned is the advancement in toys designed for specific needs.

Today's technology combined with years and years of studies and research done concerning children with special needs produces toys, many of which are quite simple, that address specific issues to help all children overcome their obstacles. 

Today's blog focuses on sensory chew toys, designed for children on the autism spectrum and other sensory processing needs.

Chew toys help children in many ways--they help with anxiety and to calm down a child with special needs, particulary with sensory processing disorders. 

Some children when overstimulated may feel a desire to bite or chew in order to regain a sense of balance. 

Here's a look at a few different chew toys available:

Chew Bracelet

These bracelets are nontoxic, usually made from silicone, and are specifically designed for chewing. 

They come in a variety of colors, so they're not just for girls, and they are an easy and efficient way to provide a chew toy on demand for your child. 

Since your child will be wearing the bracelet, you don't have to worry about using them. 

These bracelets are perfect for children with autism or other sensory processing disorders, as well as children with oral motor delays. 

These bracelets are easily cleaned with dish soap and water, and most are dishwasher safe. 

Be sure to only purchase BPA-free bracelets to keep your child safe.

Chewable Pencil Toppers

These are great for school-age children who are prone to biting or chewing on pencils or erasers to ease their anxieties. 

Since they look just like erasers or pencil grips, they are less noticeable to other children who may not understand your child's sensory needs. 

They fit all number 2 size pencils, the standard pencil used in classrooms. 

These pencil toppers have been proven to improve attention and concentration skills in children with sensory processing needs.

Chew-safe Soft Toys

Soft toys like Borris®, Prince of Whales plush toys are designed to be safe for chewing. 

The material in toys like Borris are designed to appeal to children with autism and other sensory processing issues while giving parents peace of mind in knowing the toy is safe for chewing and biting. 

Like with other chew toys, the material is easily cleanable.

Sensory Necklaces

Much like the bracelets, sensory necklaces come in many different designs and colors to suit children of either gender. 

These necklaces are perfect for kids who like to chew on collars and they are quite affordable, so you and your child can have fun selecting new ones to go with a new season or holiday.

Companion "Chewelry"

Kid Companions makes these awesome little chew toys. 

Each chewelry comes with a lanyard with a break-away clasp that releases and is easily reattachable. 

They are a bit expensive but not totally unaffordable--you'll just want to make sure you don't lose too many of them. 

They're definitely worth the $17.50/each price tag--all chewelry is bpa, latex, lead, and pvc free as well as easily washable.

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