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Hey everybody! OT/feeding therapist Foodie Judy right here with extra methods to assist your little one’s consuming habits enhance by play!

Your little one’s sensory system helps decide which sorts of meals she or he eats. The inputs meals offers us by way of our sensory system might be both constructive or unfavorable, and when kids wrestle to course of these inputs accurately, meals can appear actually scary or off-putting. One widespread challenge is a robust dislike for touching moist or sticky meals like pasta with sauce, hummus, “juicy” fruit or peanut butter on toast. Does your child dislike these meals too?

My job as a feeding therapist is to assist children scuffling with sensory, developmental, oral motor, or behavioral points round meals develop into extra competent, profitable eaters. When kids have sensory challenges with meals, we introduce these textures in a much less threatening method – by play!

On this publish, we’re persevering with our sensory play methods utilizing these moist textures. In our final publish about this we began with dry blended textures, so in case your tot is struggling otherwise you wish to assist develop and problem their sensory system, try that publish too!

Listed here are my suggestions for profitable sensory play with a moist/sticky bin:

  • Current the bin with the toys inside and simply play with the toys. Begin with comfy onerous toys, then transfer to sticky toys like stretchy spider webs from the Greenback Retailer. Don’t be afraid to get into it your self!
  • Bury the toys and produce the toys to life utilizing voices, noises and actions. Go dig for buried treasures! 
  • If that is going effectively, contemplate including water to moist the pasta and alter its texture.
  • By no means drive your little one’s into the bin. Go slowly and let your little one information the best way. Let your little one wipe their palms or cease the exercise if wanted {though tolerance of the liquid on their palms is an efficient signal}!
  • Keep away from doing this close to the desk or at mealtimes – we wish it to be seen as a really constructive, low-pressure exercise.
  • Maintain practising – bear in mind, the extra your little one can tolerate touching one thing, the extra doubtless they’re to finally eat that texture.


Take into accout the next finish objectives:

  • Tolerate moist or sticky textures on palms, which ends up in tolerance in mouth
  • Play with acquainted onerous/clean toys within the moist/sticky medium, after which play with sticky toys within the gooey medium
  • Tolerate the looks of moist, sticky toys – and finally meals
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