Think about being a child sensitive to foods. Fruit can be VERY overwhelming. Each bite may taste a little different. You have to be able to manage the juice inside of it along with the skin on the outside of it.
Sensory play is an approach I use in most, if not all, of my feeding sessions. The power of play for children is enormous! I came across this blog post and it is a great example of how sensory play has helped her patients. Check it out! Sensory Play If you have concerns about your… Continue reading USING PLAY-BASED ACTIVITIES TO OVERCOME ORAL DEFENSIVENESS, FOOD AVERSIONS & TEXTURE SENSITIVITIES
Because of the prevalence of picky eating, I have created a free, parent training to look at tips and tricks for working with the picky eater. These tips and tricks are standard tips that can be used with the "typical" picky eater and with a child who has true feeding difficulties or a feeding disorder.
As a speech pathologist that specializes in feeding therapy, I encourage families to stick with a solid meal/snack schedule. As a mom, I encourage you to stick with listening to your child. Remember, your responsibility is to decide what they are given and when. Their responsibility is to decide which of those items they eat and how much they eat.
As I have said many times, eating does not start with the first bite. Eating starts with knowing you can tolerate the texture of food on your finger tips, then the palm of your hand, then the back of your hand, and all the way up to your mouth. Many of us take this tolerance for granted.