ARK Therapeutic is continuously designing and developing products to treat oral disorders including less sensory stimulation. Founded by a Speech-Language pathologist, the organization is dealing in a range of products including drinking, feeding, and chewing. One of the ranges named Grabbers includes medical-grade chewing tools for oral motor development. The Guitar Oral Motor Chew by ARK is used in oral motor therapy. It is used for chewing, mouthing that helps in the exercise of mouth muscles.
ARK’s Guitar isn’t your ordinary acoustic guitar – it’s an “achewstic” guitar! This innovative oral motor chew features a long extension to reach the back molars, a smooth loop that’s easy to hold, and bumps and ridges (on the stem) that resemble the strings/knobs of a real guitar while also providing extra sensory input. Like all ARK chews it’s made in the USA! And comes in 3 color-coded toughness levels:
- Soft / Standard (Red or Dark Blue) – recommended for mild chewing, individuals with low oral tone, or individuals with limited jaw strength just learning to bite and chew. These are the softest ones with the most “squishiness” and “give” to them.
- XT / Medium Firm (Lime Green or Teal) – XT stands for “Xtra Tough.” These are firmer, but still fairly chewy. Recommended for moderate chewers. Or, individuals working on building jaw strength can eventually “graduate” from the soft to the XT.
- XXT / Very Firm (Royal Blue, Forest Green, or Orange) – XXT stands for “Xtra Xtra Tough.” These are the most firm and provide the most resistance to the jaw. No chew tool is indestructible, but these are very tough / the longest lasting option for avid chewing. The Y-Chew XXT is usually the overall longest lasting chew for most avid chewers.
Know anyone who needs to chew? Give them a chewable guitar as a safe, cool, and functional outlet to chew on. It can also be used in oral motor / feeding therapy to practice biting & chewing skills, work on jaw strength exercises, decrease oral defensiveness, and much more.
Choose your color/toughness option from the menu above. Each guitar is sold individually. Color hues may vary slightly. Each guitar measures about 5.4″ long and half an inch thick (very similar in size to the Grabber).
Made in the USA by ARK Therapeutic. Medical grade, FDA compliant, NO lead, phthalates, PVC, BPA, or latex.
Caution: This product is not a toy. Although these chew tools are sturdy and durable, no chew tool is indestructible. Wear/tear may be expected given the nature of the intended use. How long they last is typically equal to the amount and intensity of the chewing, as well as other variables (such as jaw strength, stress/anxiety levels, if other sensory strategies are in place, etc.). While for some people a chew tool will last forever, for others with heavy/aggressive oral needs, they may go through it very quickly. Please supervise at all times, regularly inspect the chew, and replace if necessary if the item shows signs of wear and tear.
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