I have had a few questions about the colorful knobby things you will see Eli chewing on all the time.
He definitely seems to enjoy them right?!
These are sensory tools. These tools can help with oral motor skills as well as with giving that sensory input. When Eli was little, he didn’t take to them at first… but he loves them now and sees that they are very valuable to giving him that input he needs.
Eli is always putting stuff in his mouth. Strings from socks and shirts, to bottle caps and other things that aren’t so great for him to be doing.
When he was little he would rather lick the milk jug than drink the cold milk inside. What he was really doing was seeking that sensory input. The coldness of the jug, and the texture was providing some kind of sensory input he was seeking and needing.
My favorite brand, which is the original oral motor chew tool is from ARK Therapeutic Products which was invented by Debra C. Lowsky, MS, CCC-SLP.
These grabbers have so many different uses and there are different levels of toughness as well to include Soft/Standard, XT/Medium Firm, and XXT/Very Firm. Eli has changed on which ones he likes over time and now uses mainly a mix between the Soft and Very Firm.
I love the fact that these are all made in the USA, they are Medical Grade Material, FDA compliant with NO lead, phthalates, PVC, BPA, or Latex.
Here is the link to the XXT/Very Firm grabber I purchased for Eli as shown in the picture: https://amzn.to/2RTd0Za
Here is a combo of the Soft/Standard, and XT/Medium Firm that Eli also Loves: https://amzn.to/38CUknb
If you love Amazon as much as I do, Here is ARK’s Amazon page with all their products that are available on Amazon: https://amzn.to/2QQbE2g
And here is a link to check out ARK’s website for more information and to see all the products they have: https://www.arktherapeutic.com/