Thursday, December 30, 2010

Chewelry: An Attempt at Restoring Sanity

I might have mentioned before how badly Dean grinds his teeth. Cole did it too, but it only lasted a month or so and that was it. Dean has been doing it on and off for almost a year! I guess more than grinding it's more like "flicking" his teeth back and forth.

Obviously it's not *just* a PWS thing, but I've heard of other kids with PWS doing it a lot. We've approached it from a boredom perspective, sensory perspective, whatever.... We've tried vibrating brushes and toys for his mouth, cold teething rings/toys/cloths, adding more crunchy foods to his diet, offering other chewy things (including the infamous Chewy Tube that is always recommended). He cares about none of them to any great extent. If we tell him "no grinding," he sometimes will listen, but more often will smile and do it again. Little stinker! Even Cole can be heard throughout the day saying, "Mommy, Dean's grinding!" or reminding Dean himself not to do it.

Recently though, Dean's been grinding (or whatever you want to call it) so much that his gums are bleeding by the end of the day. :( The dentist said that there's really nothing we can do about it except try to encourage him to stop. His OT said we're doing everything she could think of to try to get it to stop.

But there has to be something. So I searched online and found Chewelry. It's a Canadian company that makes necklaces with chew objects attached. This way it's always available for him to chew on. I was a little nervous about putting something around Dean's neck, but obviously we won't use it if he can't be supervised. It comes with a string that detaches if too much force is put on it, so that's another safety feature.

I purchased it from Amazon: If it works, it's easily worth the $20 in my book! We tried it today and Dean seems to like it so far. When he grinds or even wants to chew on something that he shouldn't, I put the heart in his mouth to remind him that he has that to chew instead. We'll see how long it works!


Pierrette and Lorna dEntremont said...

Hello Ali, Very pleased to read your post and see your great photos about our Kid Companions Chewelry! I dearly hope our product will benefit your son.

My daughter, Pierrette, and I are co-owners of the sensory tool line "Kid Companions Chewelry which can be bought online at They are often recommended by OT's and parents because our personalized, wearable or attachable oral-motor tools are stylish and allow a Special Needs child to blend in.They are safe, bpa, phthalate, pvc, lead and latex free accessories made for children-teens. They are FDA approved, sourced in USA/Canada, made in Canada.
Check our site-We love feedback and you might want to participate in our Story Board and win yourself a free Kid Companions.

Ali Foley Shenk said...

Thanks for commenting, Lorna!! I just posted an update on today's entry (1/3/11) for my blog about how it's been going. We love the necklace! I went to your site and couldn't figure out how to post on the story board. Could you pull the pictures and story from here? Let me know. I have 62 followers here on Blogger and over 300 on Facebook, so the word is getting out!