#9 The need to chew! Supporting sensory needs with Jenny McLaughlan, founder of Chewigem
Last Updated on April 27, 2021 by Steph Reed In this episode of the podcast, it was a pleasure to speak with Jenny McLaughlan, the founder of Chewigem.As well as being a support community for different sensory needs, Chewigem have designed and created a range of chewing, fidget and sensory aids for children and adults. Sensory needs Our brain processes the sensory information around us; what we see, hear, smell, taste and touch, as well as how it makes us feel; temperature, balance and pain. Some people, including many autistic individuals, may experience extremely heightened senses where sensory input is exceptionally amplified, or on the other hand, barely registered. This differs from person to person and presents differently in each individual. Sensory seeking For individuals with under sensitive senses, they may seek out different sensations in order to get the sensory feedback.Examples of sensory seeking behaviours include chewing or repeatedly seeking out sensations such as smells or touch through hugs, tight clothing or feeling specific textures. Chewigem In the podcast episode, Jenny tells us the story behind Chewigem. How it started as a baby chew and expanded to support people of all ages.‘Chewies’, ‘chew toys’ or sensory supports can help those to receive sensory input, in a safe way. For example, I have taught children who will chew on their clothes, toys or anything around them.Jenny explains how Chewigem is supporting the community by providing supports that have been purposely made for the function of giving sensory feedback, such as wearable chewing resources such as these: Previous Next Chewigem also provides support to help those needing advice on how to find the right supports for individual sensory needs on their website and Facebook group.Jenny describes how a lot of people find Chewigem by searching ‘how to stop chewing’. When people learn that chewing has a sensory function and begin to accept chewing, there are different types of chew supports available that can help. When chewing is managed in a safe and controlled manner, this can support someone to focus and be better regulated. This can therefore have a positive impact on learning, confidence and wellbeing. Jenny tells us some very positive success stories! Chewigem are supporting the community to embrace their needs, not feel bad about it and instead, feel confident in talking about it. Video with my three favourite Chewigem chew supports coming soon. Subscribe to PodcastApple PodcastsGoogle PodcastsAndroidby EmailRSS Download Your FREE Inclusive Teaching Strategies Guide! 11 Inclusive teaching strategies to support the learning of all children, not just those with special educational needs. This guide is made for teaching staff as well as parents and carers. Learn Practical Ways to Meet the Needs of Autistic Children and Maximise Their Potential Take a look at our popular range of online courses and coaching programs for teachers, children's professionals and parents. Designed to build your skills and knowledge to meet autistic needs and help children thrive! Teaching Autistic Children With Impact8 courses full of practical skills for Teachers to ensure autistic children reach their potential. Practical Skills In Supporting Autistic Children7 courses full of practical strategies to support autistic children. For TA's, Support Assistants and Professionals. Parents & Carers: Nurturing Your Autistic Child6 courses full of practical and helpful ways to support your child's learning and development. The post #9 The need to chew! Supporting sensory needs with Jenny McLaughlan, founder of Chewigem appeared first on Autism Spectrum Teacher.