How to Keep your Children’s Hands out of their Mouth
Family - July 30, 2021

Thank you to Ark Therapeutic for sending us these amazing chewies!

Now, more than ever, with the outbreak of Covid-19, it is so important for everyone to keep their hands out of their mouth, their hands off their face, and to wash their hands. But this is not a habit than many of us are used to yet. Oral fixation kids sensory issues are real and now more than ever, we have to be more proactive about our health and find ways to avoid getting Covid-19.

I found a product to keep the kids’ hands busy and out of their mouth.

What is ARK Therapeutic?

ARK Therapeutic sells special need’s writing tools, chewies and products for oral motor input and sensory stimulation. They also have products that help with hyper activeness and tools for autism. These chewies are great for oral fixation issues.

I’ve been told that they are both have symptoms of ADHD but I keep doing my research. ARK Therapeutic sells products for special needs and promotes self soothing and has helped with this.

Since the Covid-19 news, I have definitely  been more aware of avoiding germs.  There are many ways to prepare for a pandemic, but getting your kids to listen and keep their hands away from their face about is a whole different task.

variety of chewies flat lay

When I was young, I sucked my thumb and then moved on to nail biting. This was at a time when people just went with it and didn’t really see it as a problem. I was just thought of as a nervous kid trying to self soothe.

It wasn’t that big of a deal back then, even with a huge bump on my thumb.

My kids, on the other hand, just don’t really get it.  And why should they?  How could they possibly understand what’s going on in the world?  Covid-19 has changed our lives forever. It has changed the way we address everything.

Since my children were born, both my husband and I have been diligent with keeping them informed about germs and washing hands.  However, they are kids and kids like to suck their fingers an chew their nails and basically get dirty – as kids should!

Thankfully, we have so many more tools these days to help kids with special needs, like chewies.

Now that we have these tools and knowing that stimming helps to relieve anxiety and ADHD is a big relief and not something to be ashamed of.  Everyone needs to self soothe in their own way.  Stimming is often used as a means to self-regulate, self-calm and for self-expression.

Recently, both my children, who are older now want to chew on everything all the time.  They love putting things in their mouths, such as bottle caps and pencils, and of course their hands. So, I sent them to school with chewies.

They are home now and we are getting settled into homeschooling but it’s not easy. Homeschooling hacks have come in handy, but when they put their hands in their mouth, I want to cringe! The pencil toppers have really helped.

Before the Covid-19 pandemic, I was struggling with both kid’s behaviors at school.  It took a few months to understand what was going on, but I realized that they both struggled a lot with sitting still and their constant need to chew on stuff. 

One of my sons likes to self soothe a lot by skin rubbing and having repetitive behavior. I found out that the repetitive movements are used to self-stimulate the 7 senses. My other son simply couldn’t sit still and chewed on everything. He loves his saber chewey.

You may want to break the habit of thumb and finger sucking. It may be a temporary fix to sensory stuff or something to distract them from fidgeting. Sometimes it’s through speech therapy that you find out about these products.

For myself, I was looking for something to keep their hands out of their mouth.

boys doing homework chewing on a chewie necklace

When we found ARK Therapeutic I was so relieved.  I didn’t ask the kid’s teachers if they could bring the chews to school. I told the teachers they needed it and that they would be coming to school with them.

Recently, my pediatrician mentioned the sensory issues again for my nine year-old and he goes to a pretty strict school. However, if you find yourself in this situation, you can ask for a doctors note.

So, How do you Choose the Right Chewy?

It really depends on if you chew with your front teeth or back teeth. Your child’s needs are different and will require different therapy tools, like feeding tools, oral motor sensory tools, or fine motor tools.

pin with ark therapeutic chewies on pencils and necklace

Like I said, these tools have really helped my boys and they are not been tested or diagnosed with anything. We are taking everything one day at a time in this crazy world. My advice? Do you research!

Which one are you getting?

Other Items to Keep Kid’s Hand’s Out of Their Mouth

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