About

We are here to support those with a need to chew & pride ourselves on helping you find the right chew for your needs.

Our Vision

We want to spread the word that SPD does not mean alienation, that difference is not an oddity – it makes us unique. We recognize that this is not always easy, it is a bumpy road having a disability. Our goal is to support that journey, smash through glass ceilings, get out in the open those things that are unspoken. We aim to spread the word that different is positive.

Our Products

Jenny & Stuart started the journey way back in 2010 when Chewigem found them. Having originally launched as a baby product, it became apparent that the need for quality products in the sensory world was much in demand.  Chewigem now has years of experience in designing, adapting and creating a range of chewing, fidget and sensory aids for children and adults. We have almost every type of chewer covered and continue to work on developing further innovations to help those that currently we cannot. We have served over 100,000 people with a need to chew across the globe and continue to expand that offering. Our team is made up of people who have some connection to the SPD world, whether it be a family member, themselves or in a professional capacity.

Yes, we sell products, but we aim to have Chewigem synonymous with more than just our exceptional sensory products. With our ever-expanding group of private members we are connecting like-minded individuals for peer support and an ever expanding sense of community. By bringing together experts related to the Chewigem mission, we provide top quality content and support for your sensory needs beyond that of chewing.

Our Team

Meet the team behind Chewigem

Jenny McLaughlan

Jenny McLaughlan

CEO

Likes to think she is the one with all the ideas but secretly admits "The Hubster" also has the odd moment of clarity and genius! The brains behind the operation!

Stuart McLaughlan

Stuart McLaughlan

COO

Calls himself COO - Operations i.e. manages all our stock and makes sure we don't run out! He is also the voice of reason, who puts the brakes on our spending.. we have more ideas than time and money! Also a fantastic artist who sketches our ideas for sampling.

Carla Dayholos

Carla Dayholos

Partner - Canada

1/2 of the team that manages the Canadian Chewigem branch. Working as an educational assistant and a mom to an awesome autistic gives me lots of insight into sensory needs!

Lorraine Young

Lorraine Young

Brand Manager

Chewigem Brand Manager & Mam to Autistic Teen Jamie. Overseeing all things Chewigem. Devoted to planning, developing and marketing the Chewigem Brand.

Chris Gibbons

Chris Gibbons

Business & Marketing Strategy

Chris helps us plan our Business & Marketing Strategy and keeps our leadership team focused on getting there.

Amy Beck

Amy Beck

Finance Manager

Our Finance Manager Amy covers all things finance related here at Chewigem. Often described as a mini Welsh pocket rocket, whilst Amy is always happy to help she is also the one that may have to chase you when you've been naughty and have not paid you bill!

Suzanne Van Der Star

Suzanne Van Der Star

Partner

Suzanne runs our operation in the Benelux area, but she is more than just a partner. She is a Pedagogue and runs her own practice, specialising in working with children and their parents (and surroundings) with attention and concentration problems and sensory processing disorders.

Pippa Ready

Pippa Ready

Customer Relations Manager

The smiliest lady you will ever meet! Also loves a good chat! And always at hand to help with enquiries! Has real attention to detail which is much needed! Give her a call!

Jamie Young

Jamie Young

The Inspiration behind Chewigem. Jamie loves chatting to people, doing reviews and live videos. If you ever have a question for Jamie just get in touch.

Katy Gough

Katy Gough

Social Media Engagement Executive

Katy helps us with all things social media. As well as helping us, Katy runs a YouTube Channel in which she shares her experiences of being on the Autism Spectrum.

Joel Francis

Joel Francis

Graphic Designer

Creates most of the adverts you see on Facebook, and generally is just an image wizard. (His dyspraxia and dyslexia help with his creative powers).

Pankaj Thakur

Pankaj Thakur

Developer

Our Web Developer, works around the development and maintenance of our websites

Chewigem Ambassadors

The Chew Crew

Zahra Qadri

Zahra Qadri

Youth Ambassador

The amazing daughter of Mona from Just Ausome - check out her Instagram below

Jayden Worthington

Jayden Worthington

Youth Ambassador

15 year old Autistic Instagram Reviewer. Jayden's favourite Chewigems are the dogtags and twisters

Rory May (Not So Neurotypical)

Rory May (Not So Neurotypical)

Youth Ambassador

Rory is a You Tuber and IG Reviewer