"Kids, it's dinner time!" As you call over to the kids, you sit and wonder "Are they going to eat what I cooked tonight?" Or maybe you don't wonder at all. Maybe you know they won't because it's not macaroni and cheese. Or if you're like me, 2 of the 3 will like it and the 3rd will complain for sure. There are only a handful of meals I can make that everyone likes. And every once in a while, even that meal gets shot down by someone.
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
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.
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