(posted by Paula Allchin)
The following is a request to the Tyne panel who would appreciate any ideas please.
Alistair Moat firstname.lastname@example.org
Thanks for speaking to me on the phone yesterday. I am on OT working in a special school, and I have been looking for a solution to a problem a child is having with biting his hand. He persistently bites his hand, maybe to try and calm down, maybe sometimes for sensory stimulation, and maybe now due to habit. He does have safe chewy toys that staff and parents redirect him to, but his biting behaviour is persistent and has lead to broken skin, and infections in the past.
Parents are trying numerous different gloves, all of which get torn, and damaged quickly. Their priority is to protect the hand and not provide stimulation, in fact, his teacher would rather discourage stimulation from biting his hand.
The brief has changed slightly since then too, as we are no longer looking for the glove to provide interest, simply, protection, non-toxicity, and comfort. A stretchy tight fit would be preferable from a sensory calming point of view, but if this is not possible, protection is the priority.
Compression gloves such as the one below, are on the market but this is to provide sensory input rather than withstand biting/chewing, these look very thin material, and his biting is very forceful.
Neoprene gloves exist, such as the one below, for support for joint conditions, which may be more hard-wearing, but ideally I am looking for non-toxic fabric due to persistent mouthing/chewing/tearing/biting.
I think a fingerless style such as this would be fine as it is the back of the hand that he targets.
There are also gloves available that provide sensory stimulation through spiky, rubbery materials, none of which are hard wearing or appropriate for this issue.
I wonder if you have any ideas?I would be grateful for any feedback, I have exhaustively searched the market and cannot find anything appropriate.