Originally Posted by momtoS
I actually hoping that there is a deficiency....I know that sounds weird, but if it is purely a sensory thing I am told that it will NEVER go away....
I guess tis the season to be sad....
That's not necessarily true. I have had several students with autism and lots of sensory issues who were eating, chewing, and mouthing inappropriate objects when I met them. Once we got them going on a good sensory diet with appropriate chewys to use at appropriate times, they slowly starting mouthing other objects less and less. It also decreased as we showed them how to play appropriately with the objects. One student mouthed almost everything and now he never does. Another one still has sensory issues and uses chewies but the only thing he mouths inappropriately now are the metal bars at the playground (yes, yuck, but it's so much less than before).
I would definitely get a good selection of chewies going. Even if she does have a deficiency leading to it, it may be a bit of time before her body is in balance so that way she'd have some correct things to chew on before then. And if it's not a deficiency, you can get some of each kind of chewy and find which ones she likes and stock up on them.
Some of my parents also purchase fish tank filter tubing which can be purchased in large amounts for really cheap and used for chewing - tied into circles or made into a necklace, etc.
Also, although we've given you some good chewy ideas in another thread, definitely look for them on eBay before purchasing them elsewhere, as you can often find them for cheaper there, such as this seller rigs2
, who sells them at a small profit to help support her son's therapy. We've bought from her several times before. Just search for "chewy tube" and you'll find quite a few sellers often with free shipping.