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Tuesday, May 17, 2016

My Little Cricket’s Delay: Week 6 – Sequential Oral Sensory Approach to Feeding

- Regular pretzels (not stick shape)
- Brown rice
- Granola
- Ground beef
- Oatmeal with raisins
- Raisins
- Blueberries
- Dried blueberries
- Naked Juice: Blue Machine

Again my Little Cricket wouldn’t eat any of the target foods (brown rice and ground beef). He becomes visibly upset when food is presented to him that he doesn’t like.

Today our lesson on food was about our kids getting stuck on a food and getting so over burned out on it that they out of the blue one day refuse to have anything to do with it again. Children with feeding difficulties prefer to eat the same exact food, served the same exact way every single day. This is known as a food jag. The main problem with jaging on food is that eventually a child will get bored of a specific food and not eat that food ever again making a feeding difficult child’s list of preferred food even smaller than it was. They may continue this process until very little preferred foods are left on their list. To help work on food jags try these steps:

Offer any one particular food only every other day (not every single day). If the child does not have a wide enough variety of food to eat 3 different foods across the course of 2 days then you must change at least one sensory property within that food every time you serve that food
1. Shape - cut in different shape or use cookie cutters
2. Color - add food coloring to preferred foods
3. Texture - add corn starch or an egg to thicken it, add oil or water to make it looser, blend something to change the texture
4. Taste - add a new flavoring to the food, such as a spice (dill, lemon, garlic, tarragon) add extra butter, parmesan cheese, soy sauce, tomato sauce, gravy
5. Temperature

It is important to only change the food so the change is just noticeable. At first a child may be very resistant about any changes in their food at all. The change should not be so large that your child has a meltdown and refuses to eat at all. This difference is different for each child, you will need to experiment to find out what your child can tolerate by first changing food in very small tiny ways.

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