I LOVE this chewy necklace from Stimtastic.co – this is not a sponsored advertisement.
I ordered this, paid $3.00 USD (plus shipping) for it, and love it. Today I ordered another one in Peacock!
Transcription (thanks Kara!!!)
Hi guys! So, this week, I wanted to share something with you that’s really new to me. I recently got from StimTastic (stimtastic.co) this awesome piece of chewable jewelry that you see me wearing here right now. And it’s just this little – I assume it’s a silicone – feather, and I put it on a chain that I already had because I really like this smooth, silky chain.
And no, it didn’t irritate my skin, but it came on a little cloth lanyard. But it’s just a little chewy that you can wear, and when I take this out of my mouth, it doesn’t look like something for teething. (Because it’s kind of an adult pacifier, basically, right?)
But let me tell you about why this is great for me. Personally, I have always had the habit of (yeah, it’s got slobber on it … mmmm, slobbery!) So, I’ve always had a habit of – when I’m focusing really hard or when I’m thinking about something – I bite my lips inside, and I chew on my mouth, and I bite my tongue, and I’m licking and licking and licking my lips, and I’m doing a lot of things with my mouth that are really, really destructive for my mouth. For a while I tried gum, and a lot of gum has aspartamine or aspartame in it, and for me personally, that particular ingredient irritates my digestive system, gives me gas, and I also am prone to migraines, and that’s something that triggers migraines for me.
So gum, because of that, is not really good for me, and the gum that doesn’t have that in there is really expensive, so not cost-effective. And then I did a lot of candy and mints and things for a while, and then I was just eating a bunch of extra calories, and the candy and the sugar was not great for my teeth.
So, without doing all of those things, the other habit I happen to do that’s really destructive is I will like, clench my jaws. So, I will clench my jaws just like tight, tight, tight, giving myself migraines from clenching so hard. This little feather here – I’ve had it only for a few days already – but, it’s when I realize (I have to notice I’m doing it first, because a lot of the stuff is really unconscious).
But when I realize I’m chewing or doing something with my mouth, I just plop a little feather in my mouth. And now I’m engaging in a behaviour that is better for my health. I’m a little self-conscious, I need to admit, that I am an adult chewing on something, but I’m going to get over that because this is just so much better for me than biting holes in my lips and mouth.
So, let me know – have you ever tried chewable jewelry? Let me know your favourite chewable jewelry because I’m into this – I’m so into this that I think I’m going to want to build up a chewable jewelry collection.
Alright guys, I’ll talk to you next week. Bye!
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5 thoughts on “Autistic Stimming – My First Chewy Necklace”
“So, I’ve always had a habit of – when I’m focusing really hard or when I’m thinking about something – I bite my lips inside, and I chew on my mouth, and I bite my tongue, and I’m licking and licking and licking my lips, and I’m doing a lot of things with my mouth that are really, really destructive for my mouth.”
Interesting. I have some very similar habits, along with biting my nails and the skin around them.
I had never heard of such a thing, but I suffer from Excoriation disorder so I would certainly look into it to help with that!
Really helpful, thanks Christa
My son has had a lot of different ones. He usually chews them until pieces are breaking off & I have to throw them out. Some last longer than others & there are a lot of different styles. We bought one that the entire necklace was made of different shaped silicone “beads”. I’m definitely going to have to try this one as well. He goes through fazes where he has to constantly chew on anything he can, but then he’ll go weeks without chewing on anything.
I got some chew necklaces for my kids (10, diagnosed and 15, soon to be tested) to prevent chewing on fingers, clothing, etc. My 10 year old is less self conscious about it so they chew it all the time, but my 15 uses theirs at home and enjoys it, too.