Page 1 of 1 [ 7 posts ] 

AnotherAngle
Tufted Titmouse
Tufted Titmouse

User avatar

Joined: 21 Sep 2009
Age: 34
Gender: Female
Posts: 26

30 Oct 2009, 12:00 pm

Hi all,

I have seen a few past topics about chewing on the forum but nothing recent and nothing I felt I could add to comfortably.

I am (or was, until I was struck down by chronic pain and can now barely feed myself, *eyeroll*) fairly high-functioning, or I thought I was. Nowadays I'm a lot more obviously aspie because I'm too ill to hide it, I don't have anything left in me to cover it up with, and also I no longer lie with family so I don't HAVE to hide it any more. I'm not diagnosed, though.

I used to chew a lot as a child and still do - pen lids, drink strzaws, my own skin, those little plastic ring things you got off the top of ribena bottles, anything. Lately I've wanted something a bit more satisfying that I could really stim on, because those other things give out easily and get lost and I don't feel any connection to them - I kind of wanted something I could love and search out and keep under my pillow just specially for me to chew on. Does that make any sense? Kind of like hugging random pillows isn't nearly as satisfying as hugging that one teddy you seek out when you really need it.

Well my partner/carer had a brainwave and bought me a children's teething toy. It's great. It's a nice green and has seahorses on it (he's totally jealous, lol) and I now keep it under my pillow (I'm in bed a lot because I'm fairly bedridden) and up my sleeve when I'm away from my bed, and I adore it.

Has anyone else done that? There is actually a great dog toy we are thinking of buying for me too if we can get it here in the UK. Problem with me is things like this would have to be a specific texture and a colour I like for me to really be able to bond with it.

Has anyone got anything like that they really liked? Any tips on where I can get more stuff for good chewing here in the UK? (Or from America or wherever if the postage isn't too high.) Anyone else swallowed their pride and got dog or baby chew toys for themselves? What kind of things to you find the most effective? What do you look for in a good chewer? Do you guys feel that bond with your favourite ones, too? Where you want to know where it is all the time and you seek it out when you're having a meltdown feel better just by having it in your hands?

I'm very intrigued by the psychology of this whole thing.


_________________
I'd rather see the World from another angle...


poopylungstuffing
Veteran
Veteran

User avatar

Joined: 8 Mar 2007
Age: 45
Gender: Female
Posts: 6,714
Location: Snapdragon Ridge

30 Oct 2009, 12:07 pm

I have either largely outgrown many of my chewing habits, or am simply oblivious to them....I did destroy many pencils when I was in school....I often had a face and hand smudged with pen ink...I would constantly chew on pens till they "exploded"...
In girl scouts, we made these leather bracelets, and I gnawed mine all to bits.

Now, the only things I am aware of chewing are my fingernails...



Vyn
Veteran
Veteran

User avatar

Joined: 18 Oct 2009
Age: 33
Gender: Male
Posts: 1,070
Location: The fires of the mind

30 Oct 2009, 1:17 pm

Pens, pencils, random little things easily able to be put in the mouth. Yep, chew 'em all.

Got me in trouble when I was chewing on some little Neodymium magnets. Really strong rare earth magnets plated in Nickel. Fun to play with. Good to chew on. Very very bad to accidentally swallow. Nickel and Neodymium poison sucks. Nickel mixes with the hydrochloric acid and forms Nickel chloride, fairly poisonous. Made me sick for a bit, luckily the amount was very small. The Neodymium though, that's an anti-coagulant. I wasn't able to touch any of my blades or razors for about 2 weeks because a small cut could bleed for hours and easily become infected or even cause bad blood loss.

Of course as I'm writing this I'm sitting here chewing on those same magnets again... >_>


_________________
I am Jon Stewart with some Colbert cynicism, Thomas Edison's curiousity, wrapped around a hardcore gamer sprinkled very liberally with Deadpool, and finished off with an almost Poison Ivy-esque love/hate relationship with humanity flourish.


Aietra
Sea Gull
Sea Gull

User avatar

Joined: 20 Oct 2009
Age: 29
Gender: Female
Posts: 240
Location: New Zealand

30 Oct 2009, 4:04 pm

Well, apparently when I was little, as soon as I was tall enough to reach the furniture, I would go around the edges of all the wooden furniture in the house, chewing it. I grew out of that, though, luckily! Still shred straws, pens & ice-pop sticks when I get them, though.

Funny - the sound of other people chewing is one of the things that trigger my sensory overload. I wonder if the two are related.



cyberscan
Veteran
Veteran

User avatar

Joined: 16 Apr 2008
Age: 52
Gender: Male
Posts: 1,296
Location: Near Panama, City Florida

30 Oct 2009, 4:56 pm

I'm still a chewer cloth is my favorite.


_________________
I am AUTISTIC - Always Unique, Totally Interesting, Straight Talking, Intelligently Conversational.
I am also the author of "Tech Tactics Money Saving Secrets" and "Tech Tactics Publishing and Production Secrets."


Age1600
Veteran
Veteran

User avatar

Joined: 22 Apr 2007
Age: 35
Gender: Female
Posts: 2,028
Location: New Jersey

30 Oct 2009, 11:12 pm

i am still a huge chewer, on everything, very big on oral fixation, ever try chewy toys? might help! sorry about what happened to you, cant imagine that, hope things get easier for u!


_________________
Being Normal Is Vastly Overrated :wall:


Sati
Veteran
Veteran

User avatar

Joined: 2 Sep 2009
Age: 34
Gender: Female
Posts: 535

30 Oct 2009, 11:37 pm

I like to chew rubber.