Chewing and biting can sometimes be difficult behaviors to practice. With the use of Chewy Tubes, patients coping with problems chewing or biting are able to practice these skills effectively. Often, practicing biting or chewing revolves around food, or objects that can fall apart or cause the person to ingest potentially dangerous substances. Chewy Tubes provide a non-toxic, solid and non-food item on which to practice such behaviors.
The innovative shape of Chewy Tubes allows those using them for jaw training to move them throughout the mouth so that various types of biting and chewing can be practiced. The size of the tools makes them ideal for use by both children and adults. This is especially important because if a tool is too small, it could pose a choking hazard for a young child or inadequate stimulation for an adult. A tool that is too large, however, can overly stress the jaw or be too difficult to actually use. The shape of the tool promotes easy holding so that much of the chewing and biting therapy can be completed independently.
There are many situations in which biting and chewing therapy can be beneficial. Children as young as 10 months can utilize these tubes to help them develop the skills to bite and chew food properly. These behaviors can also aid in the development of language skills, as they work the mouth and help it to create the shapes and strength necessary to speak.
Adults can also benefit from chewing and biting therapy using these tubes. A jaw injury can make it necessary to relearn these behaviors, but only performing these actions can adequately train the jaw to perform them effectively. Using a Chewy Tube allows an adult to relearn the behaviors of biting and chewing, and regain the strength in his jaw so that he is capable of performing these actions repetitively.
These tools come in a variety of colors and textures not only to appeal to the preferences of each user, but to create different levels of stimulation and user-friendliness. Smaller users can take advantage of the smooth, wide handles on some versions that allow little hands to grasp it securely, while adults may appreciate the knobs and bumps offered on other versions for the feeling, but also their benefit in varying the stimulation of the training. Chewing tools that are differently shaped will utilize different muscles, helping the strength of the jaw to return more thoroughly and quickly.