Yahnatan is a 5-year-old diagnosed with autism. Kids with autism can perceive sound, sight, and touch more sensitively, which can cause sensory overload. When Yahnatan experiences sensory overload, he takes to chewing items to calm himself. In the past, Yahnatan has bitten off buttons from his school clothes when trying to calm himself.

Chewing necklaces would benefit Yahnatan by allowing him to continue the chewing that calms him while also allowing him to be safe. However, his family’s insurance wouldn’t cover the cost of the necklaces. HCCI assisted in purchasing the chewing necklaces for Yahnatan so he can have a better chewing alternative when calming himself.

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