Why We Love Hard Candy for Sensory Integration
We know you probably are thinking we are crazy with this one.
Just like gum, we actually had hard candy written into our son’s IEP when he was in public school so that he would be allowed to have it at anytime. This is another staple in our house. The oral stimulation that gum provides any child is unmatched by anything else. The amount that it calms and soothes our children (especially our son with sensory processing disorder) is remarkable.
Again, I am sure you are thinking, “Yeah right”, however hard candy and crunchy foods have been proven to increase alertness and focus.
Why do you think you find them in the middle of tables at conferences and meetings for adults?
*We suggest always using a sugar free, low flavor gum, so that the focus is on the sensory input, not on eating something yummy.
Description from the Manufacturer
- Convenient pucks are perfect for on the go.
- Refresh a dry mouth with Ice Breakers Duo Mints
- Unique combination of sweet Strawberry flavor and cooling crystals
- Sugar free mints
- Includes a total of 8 Ice Breakers Duo Strawberry Mints (1.3-ounce pucks)
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How To Use Hard Candy as a Sensory Tool
- Reduce Anxiety
- Transition Times
- Increase Focus
- Reduce Fidgets
- Reduce Chewing on Clothes, fingers, toys, etc
- Reduce Biting
Where and When to Use Hard Candy as a Sensory Tool
- Homework Time
- Meeting New People
- Exciting New Events
Sensory Needs Addressed