Have you noticed that a hot cup of tea is relaxing and a cold drink of water wakes you up? The same happens for our kids, as the mouth is the strongest regulator to help someone concentrate and organise their thoughts.
Oral sensory seeking behaviour is normal in babies and infants and is used to self-sooth, self-regulate, and then to explore their world by putting everything into their mouth which helps their sensory motor development and also learn about each object.
Children over two years old that are still showing oral sensory seeking behaviour (such as putting everything in their mouth, licking random surfaces, chewing on their sleeves or collar, sucking their thumb or chewing on their nails) may have Autism, a Sensory Processing / integration issue, a developmental delay, be lacking another strategy to help themselves calm down if tired or upset, or be in sensory overload.
Oral sensory seeking can become a problem if:
Our Chewable Pendants offer a much safer and more socially appropriate option. They could be super helpful for your child and your family!
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