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The stress we’re talking about could be everyday stress - when kids are frustrated, mad, or tired. Chewing will typically increase relative to the amount of stress, AND relative to how well children deal with stress. Chewing is inherently calming for kids.
It’s a known motor plan.
There is always something nearby that they can chew on (whether or not it’s safe/appropriate) - a shirt, pencil, toy, something picked up off the floor, etc.
They can also control what goes in their mouth, which is something that many kids don't get to do very often.
Ashley Frantz, PhD240-431-3714