Why We Love Gum Chewing for Sensory Integration
We know you probably are thinking we are crazy with this one.
Would you believe, we actually had gum 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. We actually joke that we should take up stock, or buy a gum company. But in all honestly, 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.
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
- Sugarfree Gum
- American Dental Association Approved
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How To Use Gum 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 Gum as a Sensory Tool
- Homework Time
- Meeting New People
- Exciting New Events
Sensory Needs Addressed