Invented by Debra C. Lowsky, MS, CCC-SLP, ARK's Goshabunga Textured Grabber® is a large version of the popular Textured Grabber® oral motor chew tool. The large version has a larger handle that's more comfortable for older teenagers and adults.
The innovative P shape design has an easy-to-hold loop, with a long extension for reaching the back molars. The Grabber® can be used:
As an oral fidget for sensory seekers craving stimulation and proprioceptive input
As a safe alternative to chewing on hands, knuckles, shirts, pencils, etc.
As an alternative to tooth-grinding and/or thumb-sucking
To help decrease oral defensiveness and food aversions
To practice biting/chewing without the risk of choking
To work on jaw strength and stability and oral motor skills
To build oral strength, mobility, and control
To satisfy the urge to chew for individuals who are fed through a g-tube
It's available in 3 color-coded toughness levels:
Standard - These are the softest ones with the most “squishiness” and “give” to them. Recommended for mild chewers and/or beginners practicing biting/chewing skills
Medium Firm / XT - XT stands for "Xtra Tough," recommended for moderate chewing. These are firmer, but still chewy.
Very Firm / XXT - XXT stands for "Xtra Xtra Tough," recommended for more avid chewing. These are the most firm and provide the most resistance to the jaw. No chew tool is indestructible, but these are very tough.
ARK manufactures the Grabber® in the USA! It's medical grade, FDA compliant, and contains NO lead, phthalates, PVC, BPA, or latex. The original Grabber® measures about 5" lengthwise, just under 1.9" across the loop/handle, and .44" thick. This Goshabunga version measures about 6.8" lengthwise, 2.1" across the loop, and .46" thick.
What does "Goshabunga" mean? It's a word coined a long time ago by one of ARK's founders that means "really big!"
Caution: This product is not a toy. Recommended for 13 years and up. 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.