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Why do people with ADHD and Autsim Chew?

blue chew necklace

Similar to breathing, chewing happens without thinking it's a natural rhythm of life.  
Just as a child cuddling and listening to its mothers heartbeat can be soothed by the constant repetitive rhythm,  it makes sense that the motion and predictability of chewing has the same soothing and reliable outcome, calm!  

Mom and a Child

It is not only those with Autism and ADHD that use sensory chew necklaces. Commonly ones even into late adulthood who are Nurotypical will chew their lips, pens or bite their nails when anxious or in deep thought.
Without thinking we all regulate ourselves. Ones who use sensory necklaces are regulating by chewing or fiddling making them feeling safe and secure, lowering their heart rate and  helping them work at a deeper level of thinking.

The Science Behind Chewing

Chewing helps stimulate our cognitive function which works with our hippocampus. Our hippocampus is part of our limbic system which looks after our memories supporting new learning as well as our emotional responses. Some studies have shown chewing can increase blood flow to the brain by 25-40% increasing productivity.

When talking to our customers they have found chewing happens most...
When in deep thought
My son has ADHD and is being assessed for Autism. His teachers have told us he chews most in maths  when quietly working out equations or when sitting at the end of the day, processing his thoughts (when he should probably still be listening but hes had enough and needs to sit and regulate lol.)
The first thing naturally on hand to chew is often necklines or t-shirt sleeves.
We have used fabric to make our chew necklaces as it replicates these textures. We hope our users will just as naturally pick up and use our sensory chew aids as they sit against the neckline or lay on their wrists.
Our range of fabric chews are designed to replace the damage to often expensive clothes or uniforms.
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