I am really excited about my guest post today. As the mother of a child with ADHD, Autism, and sensory issues, I am excited to learn of this product. Please welcome Lorna d’Entremont as she shares about Chewelry.
Pierrette and Lorna d’Entremont are co-owners of the sensory tool line “Kid Companions –Chewelry for Special Needs children and HeartString Baby Companions for parents of infants.
Our goal is to help special kids be themselves and thrive. Our products give parents peace of mind and support their special children. Mother and grand-mother of special needs children, we have dedicated many hours to assure our products are safe and non-toxic. We pride ourselves on our made-in-Canada, sourced in North America commitment and our social and environmental responsibility.
How Did the Chewelry Evolve From Your First Invention, HeartString Baby Companions?
Our first design was and still is called HeartString Baby Companions www.heartstringcompanions.com However Pierrette’s older children, especially the one with Tourette Syndrome and sensory issues, were constantly biting the pendant. After a few comments from parents, phone calls to child healthcare professionals and fruitless product searches, we realized that other parents were looking for sensory accessories, especially for their special needs children.
So in 2006 began our journey to get our Kid Companions to market. It meant creating something that was chewable and tuggable while still being “cool” enough to blend in. Finally, we had a solution….a durable, colorful, non-toxic pendant that was safe to chew on…something that could help any child be him/herself, anytime, anywhere. We called it the HeartString Kid Companions.
What Kids Benefits from the Kid Companions?
Parents, Special Needs teachers and Occupational Therapist recommend our chewable fidgets for Special Needs children, often those with Autism Spectrum Disorders, Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, Asperger… as an oral-motor tool. Kid Companions are safe, bpa, phthalate, pvc, lead and latex free accessories made for children, tweens and teens.
As a chewable accessory, our chewy Kid Companions address the issues of inappropriate biting and chewing and helps those with Sensory Processing Disorder.
Children with ADHD are unable to inhibit the impulse to move around; it is not because they do not want to it is because they cannot. Therefore, Kid Companions allows discreet fidgeting to help these hyperactive children to focus better. Also the strong jaw muscles are a great way to use pent-up energy by chewing to stay on task.
Children who do not like transitions, going from home to school or from homeroom to another class, cafeteria, gym…find security and comfort holding on to their Kid Companions as they would holding on to a ‘blanky’.
What Qualities Does the Kid Companions Have?
All kids want to belong to a peer group and they want to blend in. Kid Companions, in their stylish heart or circle shapes, are an effective oral-motor tools and an easily accessible chewable fidget while still being ‘cool’ enough for your child to blend in.
Another unique feature that renders Kid Companions attractive to tweens and teens are the new clips. Clipping the fidget anywhere you want it to be…clothing, pocket, belt, school bag. Discreetly accessible at all times.
Our 18’’ or 20’’ lanyards are made with durable, washable, colorful 100% organic cotton, colorfast and pre-washed with plant-based ingredients. You also have the choice of an undyed 100% organic cotton and non-allergenic lanyards.
Our lanyards can be personalize with style, color and contact information. We can heat press name and information in three choices of fonts: print, typed or swishy. Example – John Smith 514- 2005 Autism. Moreover, the lanyards can be sold separately, can be used for any pendant or ID badge and can also be personalized.
The comfortable lanyards have a custom breakaway clasp that will release and can be re-attached with ease. This means no more lost, dropped or thrown mouthing and fidgeting aids. The breakaway is small and lays flat. It was designed specifically for children and conforms to ASTM toy safety standard! It is also BPA, lead and phthalate free.
Made in Canada, sourced in USA or Canada, Kid Companions allow special children to relax, to focus and to learn. Tweens, teens, their parents and their teachers will surely welcome the new Kid Companions.
Let’s chew and fidget safely and fashionably!
Written by Lorna d’Entremont
You can find us and read about us by following these links:
Website: Heart Strings Companions
Blog: Kid Companions
Facebook: Kid Companions Chewelry The Coffee Klatch: A virtual cup of coffee with parents of special needs children. Monday-Friday 9-11am EST Wednesday 9pm EST Marianne ~ Elise ~ Pierrette ~ Jane