Success Story – Bethany

Bethany is a young girl with brown hair and bangs. She is smiling and reaching out with one arm as she sits in a swing at the park.

Two-year-old Bethany is a happy kid who was diagnosed with Down Syndrome at birth. Down syndrome is a genetic disorder caused when abnormal cell division results in extra genetic material from chromosome 21. Bethany began to bite at home, so her mom started looking for ways to redirect those behaviors.

Oklahoma ABLE Tech staff assisted Creek County in reorganizing its assistive technology (AT) devices for more efficient use. While reorganizing the devices, several pieces of equipment were discovered, including multiple styles of Chewy Tubes. The Creek County provider then demonstrated them with Bethany. Chewy Tubes are t-shaped oral motor devices that provide calming stimulation or fill a need to chew. The Chewy Tubes allowed Bethany to bite something in a controlled environment. Since trialing the Chewy Tubes, Bethany’s mom offers them to her frequently throughout her day, and as a result, Bethany bites much less.

Moving forward, Bethany’s mom hopes to continue to help Bethany find ways to meet her sensory needs through assistive technology (AT).

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