Eat more than 3 foods? Never in a million years. Eat more than 3 video game controllers? No problem!

So my son has developed a new habit/stim/quirk/etc and that is chewing stuff. In the winter, he chewed his coat and his hat and his gloves. Since those were replaced with.. uhmm… nothing, it’s warm… he’s now taken to chewing other random odd things. Most notably, video game remotes.

It started with those rubber grippy things on the Wii remotes. I easily solved that problem, I removed the rubber grippy things. Wait, that’s not what they’re called? Well, what ever. You know what I’m talking about.

I thought, ever so foolishly of me, that the Xbox remotes would be pretty safe since they’re really quite solid and hard. I mean, he wouldn’t chew on those right? Wrong.

xbox chew toy

xbox chew toy

So yeah, now I have 2 rubber grippy things that are trashed (just the edges are nibbled on really but you just can not hold them in your hand with those edges like that) and I also now have 2 Xbox remotes that look like what you see in the photo (click for full size).

Yes, I have other stuff for him to chew, but does that stop him? No, it just gives him other stuff to chew.

If it’s not his nails, it’s random threads from clothing and if it’s not that, it’s my appliances.

Is this an autism thing? I don’t know. I’d like to think not. I mean, kids do these things sometimes.

Still though, not every child does. And that makes it one of those things that I can write about. Not to shame him or make him feel bad when he’s older and possibly reading this (Hi Cameron!!), but just as something for other parents to read and go “I totally know how frustrating that is!”

And hey, who knows, maybe one day Cameron will have a child and that child will eat his rubber grippy things. Or… new age polymer type stuff. What ever those new fangled toys kids will be playing with then.

If that happens and he tells me about it, I’ll refer him to this post. (Hi again Cameron!!)

About Stuart Duncan

My name is Stuart Duncan, creator of My oldest son (Cameron) has Autism while my younger son (Tyler) does not. I am a work from home web developer with a background in radio. I do my very best to stay educated and do what ever is necessary to ensure my children have the tools they need to thrive. I share my stories and experiences in an effort to further grow and strengthen the online Autism community and to promote Autism Understanding and Acceptance.


5 Responses to Eat more than 3 foods? Never in a million years. Eat more than 3 video game controllers? No problem!

  1. Jennifer Schaefer Gillam May 29, 2013 at 9:42 pm #

    This is so my life 🙂 Our Xbox controllers have no grippy things either. We are on controller number 4 🙁

  2. Tisha May 29, 2013 at 10:08 pm #

    Sensory seeking through the mouth is very common for autism.

  3. Christine @ The Cupcake Bandits May 29, 2013 at 10:17 pm #

    i totally did stuff like this. My children do stuff like this. We all have pica.

  4. andrerw bromley May 30, 2013 at 8:14 pm #

    I did this to relieve stress. The sensation of the pressure of chewing down on something is felt straight through to the musles in the head above the teeth. It is very theraputic. But I didn’t know this at the time I only realised what I was doing and the benefit of it in my 20’s. Hope this helps. And yes I guess it is a type of stimming.

  5. Krystal May 31, 2013 at 7:03 pm #

    Silly does this.all. the. time. You should see the seatbelts in my car. We had to change his shoes to the Air Jordans because the velcro strap is wide enough to cover the laces and large enough that he doesn’t try to put them in his mouth. I just bought him a new swimsuit. Within seconds the drawstring was as thin as dental floss because he just chewed it and pulled all the strings out and ate them. I think he is showing the signs of Pica.

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