Book Chewing Problem

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Registered: 01-06-2008
Book Chewing Problem
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Sun, 01-06-2008 - 12:29am

Our 4-year daughter is a good kid - she's a rule follower and clearly understands right from wrong.

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Registered: 04-07-2003
Sun, 01-06-2008 - 3:10am

It sounds like she has some strong oral sensory needs. You might look at getting her some appropriate chewing alternatives so she can meet her oral sensory needs without ruining other items. You might also look at some therapy if you think it's a big problem (I don't know whether oral stuff would fall under occupational therapy or physical therapy).

I would bet that your dd really does want to comply with your requests but the oral sensory needs are too strong and not something she can easily change no matter how much she wants to comply.

You can look at online therapy catalogs like Abilitations (dot com) or Therapro (dot com) for ideas of appropriate alternative chewing items. You can get a variety of chewing toys, including necklaces which are somewhat discreet. You may want to explore what it is about books that are so satisfying for your dd to chew (texture, crinkle sound, etc) to see whether you can replicate that for her in an appropriate form. Many baby teething toys might even work.

Good luck.

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Registered: 01-06-2008
Sun, 01-06-2008 - 11:04am
Thank you hwife.
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Registered: 12-31-2007
Mon, 01-07-2008 - 11:16pm

I don't think this is something I would punish her for. It sounds like a sensory issue to me. As a child, I chewed everything. Shirts, my hair, pens, everything. To this day I still chew a lot on pens and plastic and all kinds of weird stuff.

So I can't really offer advice, but there is a deeper issue here and taking away privileges and such will probably only make it worse.



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Registered: 03-27-2003
Wed, 01-30-2008 - 12:14pm

My 4.5 year old has started chewing on things, too.