Improve Your Child’s Attention With Gum & a Straw (Really!): Here's How! by Mindy Hudon, M.S., CCC-SLP

6 years ago

Improve Your Child’s Attention With Gum & a Straw (Really!): Here's How!

Did you know that chewing gum could help your child focus? The act of chewing helps regulate the sensory system by placing proprioceptive input into the muscles of the jaw. This is calming and improves attention. Try having your child chew gum while doing homework to help with concentration. Other calming and organizing foods are:

  • low-sugar fruit chews
  • gummies
  • bagels
  • raisins or other dried fruits

Start the day with an organizing breakfast by having your kids suck thick smoothies, yogurt or applesauce through a straw. Resistive sucking also fosters the ability to focus and attend.

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Sugar-free Gum $4 & Up
Straws $5 & Up
Meredith Schneider
Oh wow Mindy Hudon, M.S., CCC-SLP ! This is so interesting. Adding gum, straws and gummie bears to my shopping list!
Holly Budde
Oh my gosh! i have to show this to the teen. she chews both gum and straws!! I tease her, now i can tell her she is right!
Kim Kusiciel
This is very interesting. I know so many parents are going to benefit from this tip! Thanks for sharing @mindy. You can find your tip pinned here:
Mindy Hudon, M.S., CCC-SLP
Fill up your shopping cart with chewy foods to help kids with calming and attention.
Christine Jones
Thanks for sharing Mindy Hudon, M.S., CCC-SLP ! My 10 yr old has been chewing gum since he was 2 1/2 after it was recommended by one of his therapists. It makes such a difference especially when he's doing his homework. He even chews it at school in the afternoon to help him focus.

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