Getting ready to order my daughter a new chewie. Her favorite is the red Super Chew. Her first one has lasted quite a few years and it has helped saved her lips from being chewed on and has calmed her anxiety. She has used it so much that the little knobs on it are starting to tear off.
I have found that the use of chewies by older children, teens, and adults is becoming more and more common. My daughter was at first nervous about using her chewie in public. She was afraid people would look at her funny. She does get a few odd looks, but what has happened more often is that she gets asked what her chewie is and is told it that it is really neat. During school, if she is feeling really embarrassed about having a chewie, she keeps it in her locker and chews on it between classes.
There are different companies that sell chewies, and they are usually marketed for young children, but there are companies that are designing chewies for older children, teens and adults. These types of chewies look more like jewelry and can be worn around the neck or wrist.
My daughter also has a fidget toy (angry chicken) and a small purse holding her sensory tools that she either attaches to her belt buckle or carries around. Her sensory tool kit really comes in handy. In her sensory purse she keeps chapstick, a beaded necklace, and her chewie when she is not wearing it as a necklace. Her purse is actually a really long zipper that zips around and around to form a purse. It is also a sensory tool.
My son keeps two fidgets (Crayie the crayfish and Tweety Bird the hummingbird) and a sensory tool (a beaded necklace) in his pockets.
I have my own fidgets as well. Much like my son and his fidgets, I have to have my chapstick in my pocket. I pad my pocket every so often to make sure my chapstick is still there. It is comforting for me to do that. If I don’t have a pocket, it must be in my purse and I find myself regularly feeling in my purse to make sure my chapstick is still in the pocket I put it.
I also fidget with pens. I twist the turning parts back and forth and I like to take them apart and put them back together again. I also doodle as a stim. I doodle the same design over and over again. It calms me down. I have been known to make a page full of the same simple flower design. I call them my stimming gardens.
— Chuck Palahniuk (via wordsnquotes)