|Yogurt has always been a winner|
|What he eats at gatherings - nothing...or bread|
OT locally. She introduced feeding therapy to us, but it wasn't a big focus. I think 3 sessions included food - once with a smoothie, and twice with trying a variety of foods in little dixie cups. We learned the steps to learning to like a new food. With some foods, he can skip to the final step, but others require a combination of the other steps on various days.
1. Smell it and look at it.
2. Sniff and lick.
3. Bite and spit it out.
4. Bite, chew and spit it out.
5. Chew and swallow.
6. Repeat up to 7/15/20 times (depending on your OT/research...ie nobody knows, really) and then
7. He will like the food! (maybe)
He knows the steps, and will sometimes try something now without me asking. That's actually been the best strategy - never offer him anything new. If he is interested, he will ask. This eliminates anxiety for both of us.
|Drinking: still his favorite restaurant activity|