Sunday, June 7, 2009

Food, Glorious Food

Little Guy has many sensory issues, especially with food. His favorite (and only) meal of choice would be applesauce, yogurt, and chicken nuggets.

Three times a day, seven days a week.

We've been working with an occupational therapist to help Little Guy expand his eating selection. Things are moving along slowly, but we have seen some progress.

Like biting off pieces of raw carrot and spitting them into his bowl. Before now, I would have reprimanded him for playing with his food and making a mess, but I've learned that "playing" with their meal is the way kids with sensory issues explore the characteristics of different foods, making them seem less threatening. And putting the carrot in his mouth shows that Little Guy is learning to tolerate the idea of eating it, even though he wasn't quite ready to chew and swallow it.

I'm reminded of "The Addams Family" when Morticia reprimands her daughter Wednesday at dinner, telling her to "play with your food".

Maybe Wednesday was struggling with sensory issues, too :)

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