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Anyone have experience with this? My DS has taken to chewing on his sleeves. I think he is going to have to wear short sleeves from now on. I am assuming it is a sensory seeking behavior or self-soothing, but it is bothersome to me. I got a note about it yesterday from his teachers. Any thoughts?
 

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you could always give him a designated cloth for chewing or something else to chew on, like a toothbrush. if he's old enough to chew gum, that's also an idea -- all of our therapists tell us that chewing gum is actually a great thing for focus. not that my son could or *would* chew gum...
 

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my DD chews on all of her clothing. Her sleeves, her collar, bottom of her shirt. It bothers me too but I decided it must be a need of hers. I finally gave her a soft baby spoon I had in the back of a drawer and told her that was ok to chew, clothes are not. I'm going to order her some chew stuff from the Abilitations catalog, I think.<br><br>
I think it must be sensory too but I haven't had it evaluated by an OT or anything.
 

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<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/yeahthat.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="yeah that">: (to the gum)<br>
In our school district I know of kids actually getting to chew gum put in thier IEP!<br>
It has been proved it helps kids concentrate, I was told.<br>
And if its put in the IEP no teacher can argue that its against "Thier" class rule.<br>
I was also told that when other kids ask why THEY don't get to chew but someone else does, it is simply explained that they need to do that to help them work, and thats that. Usually not even an issue, which I thought was interesting.<br>
PS My son always chose the collar of his shirts!<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">
 

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My son chews on his shirt collars. Its not often but when he does its a mess.
 

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Maura has started chewing on her clothes. They have a chewy tube for her at school, on a string so she can wear it like a necklace (though they watch her like a hawk when she does wear it and can't wear it out onto the playground, etc.) A little boy in her class has gum to chew on.
 

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It's likely an oral sensory issue - I used to chew on my clothes as a littel girl. My mom bought a bunch of shirts for me in 2nd grade with embroidered hearts on the pocket and I chewed *every* single heart off. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"><br><br>
Ditto the recommendation for a chewy tube - they're great, we have one for my daughter.
 

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Liam chews on his clothes constantly. The collars are the worst. I tried Chewlery, but he didn't like it - the textureof the fabric is what he likes. I keep meaning to get around to making him some sort of fabric necklaces to chew on to see if it helps (maybe out of his destroyed shirts). If it's only sleeves, you might be able to get away with having him wear a scrunchy or something like a bracelet to chew on.
 

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DS is a constant sleeve chewer. It makes DH a bit crazy, but I have no problem with it, if it is what he needs. School doesn't have a problem with it either. I was just thinking the other day what he will do when it is time to wear short sleevees (which won't be for a while; we are in New England).<br><br>
Anyhow, I think that he is too little for gum (almost 4), but I would be interested to know what a "chewy tube" is.
 

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My oldest son also chews on his sleeves, collars and shirt bottoms too! He literally chews until he makes holes in them! It is very frustrating, we just try to remind him to not chew on his clothing...but alas he usally ends up with them in his mouth eventually.. I think it is a stress relief for him...or just something to do because he gets bored...I figure he will outgrow it someday...until then I am thankful I can pick up shirts for him pretty cheap at the resale shop. Oh well!
 

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Here's the chewy tube we have - it's the yellow t-shaped one. You can also google "chewelry".<br><br><a href="http://www.chewytubes.com/chewytubes/chewytubes.php" target="_blank">http://www.chewytubes.com/chewytubes/chewytubes.php</a>
 

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William chews his sleeves and the bottoms of his shirts.
 

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E does ( SPD) but he will stop when I tell him.
 

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Andrew chews his clothes only when he's got a deficiency (usually iron, sometimes zinc) so I always feel like I need to mention that. When the OT suggested we look into nutritional deficiencies I thought she was nuts.<br>
On the other hand, my other son has oral issues that are purely that so re-direction to something more appropriate works best for him.
 

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Ezra just started chewing the ends of his sleeves, but he's been suddenly going through a renewed need for oral stimulation since starting feeding therapy, so I'm hoping it's just a phase. DH was a clothes chewer too apparently. He told me all the necks of his t-shirts had little pieces chewed out of the front. He has a bunch of oral aversions and needs, just like Ezra.
 

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when i was young, i chewed on sleeves, blankets, tags, glasses, and my dolls. My mom never really did anything about it. It really calmed me, and seriously, I thought it tasted good.. heh weird i know. I would suggest a little rag he could carry to chew <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 
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