The Picky Eaters

The Picky Eaters

The Picky Eaters

Kelly Dorfman, MS, LND provides practical sensory and nutrition strategies for picky eaters in this blog post. Developmental delays and picky eating frequently occur together. Generally, neither clever recipes nor attempts to hide healthy foods in “accepted” ones will correct poor intake. It is better to determine the cause and correct the problem from the inside out. Picky Eaters Problem 1: Sensory Misreading in the Mouth or Poor Oral-Motor Skills A child with tactile defensiveness often exhibits hypersensitivity in the mouth and/or craves oral stimulation, such as chewing on his clothes. Low muscle tone in the mouth and face often coexists with deeper oral-motor issues. Poor sucking, chewing and swallowing skills can cause gagging or terror merely being near food. Passing a medical swallow study does not guarantee that a child can chew and swallow consistently and has the stamina to consume an entire meal. Possible Solutions for Problems in the Mouth A speech or occupational therapist with oral-motor training…

Summer Sensory Activities

Summer Sensory Activities

Summer Sensory Activities

Anne Trecker, MS, OTR/L of Occupational Therapy Associates in Watertown, Massachusetts tells us about summer sensory activities in this post. The warmer weather and slower pace of summertime provide an excellent opportunity for children to get increased input through summer sensory activities. Learning new skills may be easier without the pressures of school. However, for some children with sensory motor problems who thrive on consistency, routines and structure, summer can be disorienting and lacking needed direction. Transitions from school to a summer program or camp may be difficult, and vacations, however enjoyable, can further disrupt a child’s routine. Below are some suggestions for sensory activities to help children with sensory integration difficulties enjoy the summer months. Fun Summer Sensory Activities Go to the playground often. Climbing, hanging, swinging and sliding are excellent sensory activities. An older sibling or friend can model play activities to help a child with motor planning problems. Move messy art activities outside for more sensory fun….

Sensory Processing Disorder and Social Interaction

by Patricia S. Lemer, MS. Bus., NCC, Chairman of the Board, Epidemic Answers This blog post focuses on autism, ADHD, developmental delays and Sensory Processing Disorder and social interaction. The emergence of appropriate social skills is the final step on the path to resolving developmental delays. Almost daily at my office, I welcome parents and their children who come for testing. As they enter, inevitably I hear, “Scott, say hi to Patty.” Scott may act dutifully, repeating the words rotely, without eye contact – or he may be mute. In the first instance, the parent is relieved; at least he talked. In the latter, she may be embarrassed. Appropriate Social Interaction: The Last Frontier Social skills lag behind until the child’s immune system works better, motor skills strengthen, language emerges, reading and mathematics develop, and handwriting becomes legible. When social skills get scant attention, inappropriate or poor interactions are the result. Recognizing that their child has few friends is painful…