So glad you reached out! Thank you so much, in advance! I have saved a seat in the work shop. Is there a recommended hierarchy? Best, As you look through the list below, you’ll see the exercises organized by the different parts of the oral system: tongue, cheeks, jaw strength, lips. Affiliate links used below. Working your way to her face, lips, mouth, etc. Kids that need oral motor exercise are having a hard time using those muscles and they can’t see what they’re doing. We will do scrambled eggs oatmeal we’ve tried picking up any purée with baby cereal he doesn’t gag all of the time. This was over 25 years ago without the Internet, and back when SPD was a lot less common (or at least people - even doctors - didn’t know about it as much). I would actually read these two posts. I’d start with our free workshop, as it will provide you with some suggestions to start! I tried multiple times with multiple email addresses and its been a few days. Required fields are marked *. I don’t like to call it “exercise” time, unless I have to. We want kids to chew directly on their molars, or where they will be, on the back of their gums. Hey Alex, Also, I am having an issue with downloading the printable for oral motor exercises. He sucks his hands with puree on but I don’t think he notices there is food on them. Help! You can also subscribe without commenting. We’ve heard some people say:  “Letting your child chew on things is bad parenting - just tell your kids to stop.”  This isn't true and won't solve the problem. Keep us posted!! I try not to show or let her feel my anxiety, or rush her, or keep it too long. A child with his stomach full will barely even touch any food item that requires chewing. He is slightly delayed due to mild low tone. I learned that Micheal was taking all sorts of soft cooked veggies and fruits, putting them into his mouth, seemingly chewing them for a long time, and then they would haphazardly fall out of his mouth. Eating is an issue he wont try most things. Hi, my almost 12 mos old grandson seems to be having speech and feeding issues. He’ll eat puree’s, puffs, yogurt melts, teething cookies, and has tried a few pieces of some things (chocolate donut, haha), but he spits the rest of it out. Thanks for reaching out! Thank you so much for the article. There are several things you can do to help meet that need safely. Many kids have difficulty with the components of gum chewing: tongue lateralization, bolus control, saliva control, graded & coordinated jaw movements & lip closure. Notify me of followup comments via e-mail. Then she’s don’t “eating” and upset cause I mentioned the word chewing. She is now Armenia and not growing well , and it is normal because she is not eating. She ate baby cereal/oatmeal, and any type of puréed fruit, vegetable, or meat, with no problems. We also make several "chewelry" options for more discreet on-the-go chewing. Also, what you find stressful may not be the same as what they find stressful. She doesn’t want to touch different food texture . He does oddly like breadsticks and biscuits and will try and eat them but they tend to fall out his mouth rather than him managing to eat them. All Rights Reserved. I am having trouble receiving the printable oral motor exercises when I click on the link to download them. Best, They may bite, chew on, or mouth non-food objects (clothing, hands, fingers, pencils, toys) and even try to bite others. ADD HARDER-TO-CHEW FOODS TO THE DIET. If you have ever noticed your child chewing on their hands or their clothes, then it's likely you have an oral motor sensory seeker (that is, a kid who chews on everything). Best, Watching you literally helps them see what they need to do. Chewies & Chew Toys for Kids. Thanks. they did a couple of food tasting activities with him at the outset of therapy but it seems they have gotten away from it. I’ve been using a transition formula and mixing with cows milk since she isn’t getting much nutrients elsewhere. Gags on, sometimes to the point of vomiting, with Stage 3 baby food that has chunks of food in it. Best, He was 12 months old when his mother came to me for help. this guide to narrow down the options or shoot us an email here with the child's age and some background on their chewing habits and preferences. Best, We can understand how frustrating this can be. Also, if you have not seen our free workshop I’d recommend this one for your situation. She says let him play with food but he can’t sit up unsupported. I swear my English is better than what I sent, ugh! If the child won’t allow gum massage inside the mouth, try starting over the cheeks along the gum line at first. Try using a I give her a spoon so she can dip her spoon in it, while I use a different spoon- that works sometimes. only wants milk. She cannot talk but knows and says a lot of words (colors, shapes, numbers…). She’s not under weight or height, she’s in the 75th for weight and 95th for height. So far I’ve been adviced to starve him – in the sense to stop breaestfeeding and to just wait it out, neither of whitch is working (or I’m willing to try for longer periods of time). The first stage being diagonal rotary chewing, and the second being circular rotary chewing. There are many different chew toys available. Desiree, Your email address will not be published. Thanks for reaching out! The Lastly, keep in mind, there’s a lot of overlap between the different exercises and the muscles they target. Any ideas from this blog should be discussed with your child's treating professional(s) to ensure proper use. he cant pronounce or make straight sentence. Similarly, chewing is largely a coping mechanism - it’s a repetitive movement that helps one organize and de-stress. Please help! And so forth. Then someone comes up to you and tells you to stop breathing deeply. Have them bite down on their He struggles using a spoon…i notice when he opens his mouth his tounge goes to the roof of his mouth and blocks the spoon from entering. Emelia you should’ve just got the printable in your email, check spam if you don’t see it! Why shouldn’t you try to calm yourself? Along the same lines as gum massage, this can help provide added input to the jaw. It’s a very simple yet often very effective activity you can do anywhere. Thanks for reaching out! Hey Alisha, my son has only been seeing an OT since November, for sensory integration concerns. Best, Shaped like a mini exercise roller, the gear texture is very calming to roll in the palm of the hand or the fingers. Again, our dr didn’t give us much advice on how to fix this problem, and told us we didn’t need to buy formula anymore and transition her to cows milk ( though she isn’t getting much for solids, as she is starting to turn her nose up to puréed food now, because I think I caused a negative experience for her somehow). Any suggestions? My son is 21months. We do also have a free workshop that does help in addressing moving from purees to table foods, even at 2, since he is not chewing any foods this can be helpful! Those are common strategies, I’d check with your therapist too! For a list of some of the most common reasons, Thanks so much for your thoughtful advice and guide.i have a son that will be 5 years next week, but he has a speech delay and can’t write We have gone to hospitals, did tests and were advised to use a speech Therapist. Or do you happen to know a fantatic colleague in Skandinavia? Have noticed that he has stopped working on speech tasks. Use a vibrating toothbrush to brush teeth (stimulates tongue movement). I’d be thinking about activities that encourage her to chew on non food items first. For many toddlers though, it’s nearly impossible to get them to sit and complete “exercises”. If your having trouble with the printable, reach out to us at [email protected] and we will be happy to help get that to you! Desiree. This could/should all be covered in therapy. You can definitely try a staw cup to see if he can manage this, it will be great oral motor skills to complete as well as reduce the amount of liquid he is getting at once. But then when I read your write up there are certain things like he sucks on food instead of chewing, Food falling out of his mouth,drooling though not much these days, gags not at the first but say with the 3rd or 4th spoon . Hey Celina, Desiree. Any suggestions/exercises to help transition from his fingers? (Mirrors are helpful if your child struggles with this one. I have a free workshop that goes over the foundational steps that I think are totally necessary for any picky eater to make improvement. Hey Kylie, Some kids don't like having anything around their necks, in which case chewable pencil toppers (the last row of images above) and/or bracelets (below) are a good fit. My son is 11,5m old, and still eats absoultely nothing. She is comfortable putting things to her mouth on her own now but won’t let me bring anything to her mouth or touch in and around her mouth. I am working with an older child (5th grade). How can I help this poor kid? She has over 14 years experience with expertise in sensory processing and feeding development in babies, toddlers, and children. Thank you. Should I be worried yet? My son is 3.5 and still chewing with his mouth open. Along with many other benefits, this can help decrease the need to chew. Desiree, m baby age is 5 years but he is not chewing bitting any thing and not to speak anyone..not to tounge through his mouth no movement his tonge only swallow not to chew. Amazingly informative (and so interesting) article again from you. That’s why I like to use oral motor activities in their play as much as possible. Spry Natural Chewing Gum - We choose to use natural chewing gum for our kids. Children may have difficulty or need strengthening in all of the areas or they may need to focus on just one particular muscle. There’s a lot that can be done, but as an occupational therapist, I don’t work on speech delays. he chews but not as much as he should be. I’d highly encourage you to check out feeding therapy:) You can find more here: He wants to try food but holds it in his mouth then spits it out after 5 minutes or so. Hey Katie, Chewy Tubes offers 8 fun and effective tools for practicing biting and chewing skills. Kids can be more interested in playing than eating. You can get a spot here: Jenny I just added you! Can you advice. I find it interesting this wasn’t mentioned anywhere in your article…I’m guessing its not as common to want to over -eat? Keep in mind that even if stress/anxiety is not the primary cause, typically kids will chew more during / in response to stressful situations. isn’t this something that an OT could help him with? Is there a way you can help please! It is very helpful. You have so much awesome advice, but I feel like I’m either not sure if I am looking at the right resources, or if I have a unique problem. I am really worried, Hey Teja, Thanks so much for your feedback You are not alone!! Diagonal Rotary Chew. How long does it usually take to get these resolved? It worries me a lot. Please keep us posted! Among other things, an OT will typically put together what’s called a “sensory diet” to help regulate the child's sensory system. Best, Click here to download your printable if you’re a therapist or teacher, How to Use Joint Compressions to Focus and Calm, Kid Hate Mealtime? I’m too happy to find some advice, and i can not wait to put this in practice. Is this something that will eventually resolve or should I be looking into Speech Therapy? I am a first year OTA student trying to learn this beautiful world of Occupational Therapy. I am terrified I’m failing at this and need some help please . I feel like I have an odd problem with my 12 month old. BTW. vibrating toothbrush for another kind of oral sensory input. I just can’t figure out if its a texture thing, or if we just need to work with him more (he turned one a week and a half ago). Desiree. He seems to like to taste nonfood items, gags at the thought of unappealing food, likes to smell nonfood objects and people and shows distress at smells that other children do not notice. I started her on solids at about 4 months, but really amped it up , around 6 months. Hi Alisha, We won't send you spam. can also increase the resistance and make the mouth work harder. Best, At 6 months they can be more readily appropriate for trying some of the pureed foods. Some speech pathologists use gum and other chewy treats to exercise the mouth and improve articulation. during meals and snack times. It’s not as common of a problem, but I’d focus on using vibrating teethers or tools with him like you saw in the article, that can be really great for overstuffing! When I try to demonstrate chewing now she will just hold her mouth open. Or chewed gum? how to transition baby and toddlers to table foods, how to teach babies and toddlers to drink from a straw. I’m just at a loss and feel like we’re not getting anywhere, We understand Jenna how hard this transition can be! We tried tried tried, but she doesn’t want to eat any solid food. and jaw). My email service is being glitchy, but I’m working on it! Touching the food is the first step to eating. . He will only eat pureed food, and even then gags when swallowing. Now, she won’t even look at anything new. Use curvy bendy twisting straws to make it harder to suck. Desiree. For more information on heavy work ideas and the benefits, You can use my link here. Are these issues related? I’ve taken him to several doctors and been told to keep trying and eventually he will get the hang of eating, I’m concerned that there may be more to it than getting the hang of it. We did last year and he can call Daddy, Mummy and other names though not too clear now.But cannot make a sentence or use two words.We are engaging in some of the Oral motor exercises listed above.But I will appreciate if there’s more that I can do.its really heartbreaking seeing him without much communication. Thank you. Hi there! She’s worked with a speech therapist with talktool items for 7 months but we have not seen any progress. First of all it is GREAT that your child is wanting to put everything in his mouth, HUGE step! You can save your seat HERE Some children will chew their knuckles down to the bone, chew their fingernails off, chew on something with harmful chemicals in it, etc. Keep us posted! And/or gently tug on the chew tool while they hold it in place between their teeth. Any advice? Told us to wait it out a month and come back if not improved. Coordinated or not coordinated. Hope that helps! If it does, they likely aren’t going to try very hard or they’re going to rush to get through them, not really reaping the full benefit. And that you’re trusting your insticts. Hi my daughter is 23 months and will now put a lot of food in her mouth and suck on it for awhile but always just spits it back out. Hey Tabitha, you were on the list I’m not with this email, and I just added you again, if you still don’t get it email me at [email protected] and I’ll give you the direct link! That’s actually a good thing- so it may be more sensory based. Thank you for the article. Best, You are NOT alone!! • *chewing with a grinding movement does not usually occur until approximately 48 months Red flags for feeding and swallowing problems in young children include: He has good control of his tongue and though gags occasionally it’s not all the time. Speech therapists also address feeding. Some children LOVE oral motor exercises and want to do them all the time. SLP here trying to download the PDF of exercises and haven’t received an email. When a solid is in his mouth he will try to pull it out or gag as if he is stuck on what to do with it in his mouth. To know if they’re going to be helpful for your child, we’ll need to do some detective work. What could’ve happened is a story I see in front of me all the time. These exercises are not only for children that have Down Syndrome…but also for those who present with low muscle tone. Try different teethers, one that vibrates in particular! Hi, I have found reading your articles so interesting. So first things first, give them a Hey Thuli, So finger food is pointless and he would not put a spoon to his own mouth. So power down TVs and phones during mealtime and keep the focus on food. Have the child blow through whistles, drink through straws, blow cotton balls across the table, etc. I try not to pressure her, or push her, and go with the flow of her ( as you suggest in a lot of your articles). Thank you for sharing this important information. Our chewy fidget tools can help individuals reach and maintain a "just right" level of alertness, promote focus and concentration, provide oral sensory input for sensory seekers, and help decrease oral defensiveness for … She also will cry if I say chew your goldfish like this and demonstrate. Oh Nadiya, I’m so glad you found this post! Hi! Desiree. P’s and Q’s Chewy Tubes Hey Gabrielle, Learn how your comment data is processed. Free tips and strategies sent straight to your inbox! These children may require the … And get a builder that allows you to put together your own successful meal! Wondering why your kids are chewing on things? Be consistent and patient, as it may take some time to redirect the habit. These children may require more oral sensory input in order to help them organize their behavior and pay attention. Desiree. Great job. Perfect for parents of babies and young toddlers that want to teach them how to eat with simple steps. I think you’ll learn some tips/tricks!! She doesn’t want to try the new stuff so much that she ends up screaming about it, which in turn ruins the meal completely ( even the stuff she does like). Sensory chew toys. There are other structured oral exercises also which may need to be taught first or in conjunction with gum chewing. I always believe in being proactive when it comes to feeding, so good job to you! Within a few weeks, Micheal was eating 5-7 new foods, and they weren’t falling out of his mouth! Best, He may need that visual to see what is going on and work on it. This is so timely Alisha. Tongue Push-Ups ... Chewing Gum Objective: To increase jaw strength. thank you so much for your advice! It seems like he can’t chew and swallow. I’d also be making sure to provide him with input in his mouth prior to meals with toothbrushing, or any chew toys so that his mouth receives more input and he may be less likely to hold the food in his mouth! It’s very common lingo in both occupational and speech therapy. Spits them out or wont even entertain picking food up. Oct 7, 2020 - Does your child need to develop biting and chewing skills? Thanks for reaching out! My son is 2 years old, and he refuse to eat, he eats only silky textures food and crunchy like chips. Hey Cheryl, I caught up with you when you posted on fb, hoping you saw my response there:). And are confident eaters today. The speech therapist says she thinks his tongue is moving laterally which I hope she’s right about. The problem is that oral motor exercises don’t help in every instance of extreme picky eating or babies that won’t eat. Grabber and Y-Chew were specifically created for this purpose and are still some of our most popular chew tools. I recently spoke with someone whose son has Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD). We puree the meat and vegetables and make the pasta lumpy and she swallows without chewing. We decided to wait until she’s 6 months to let her develop a little more. Some OT’s like myself work on feeding, especially when there’s a big sensory component, which it sounds like there is for you son. I am in this stage now. Ever chewed on your pen caps while concentrating or bit your fingernails when nervous? So glad this article was helpful for you Mandy! Hope that helps! You can also try the activities in front of mirror! He doesnt so much have a speech delay but his pronunciation is way off. Do you know these 21 sensory red flags? Desiree, My son is 4 yrs 3 months can’t pronounce mama, baba and he drools.. Any advice you can help me with to guide him would be much appreciated.. Haven’t received the email yet despite trying several times, Hey Enzo, Children who chew would also likely benefit from whole body proprioceptive input, such as jumping on a large trampoline or swimming, especially diving under the water. But all of those things he will only lick. He appears to avoid food based on smell and food texture and to avoid sitting near people who are eating things that cause him distress. Children of all ages may benefit from them. He throws them away or spits them out, it may be the texture, I just don’t know. Awesome Jenna!! It doesn’t matter if its a veggie chunk in a puree, or something we put on his tray and he tries to eat himself. I’m taking the time to talk about oral motor exercises because using them can absolutely transform how your child eats, if they won’t eat a variety of foods or if your baby/toddler is having a hard time transitioning to table foods. (Read more about how to transition baby and toddlers to table foods.). Hi Alisha, my 14 month old is still only eating some purred food ( mainly mango flavours). So please take comfort in knowing that you are not alone here. Hey Jenna, so informative. She’s been eating her puffs (etc. For chewing and swallowing, children need to have the right amount of strength, range of motion, and coordination. I’d seek out a speech therapy evaluation. Sometimes kids need some extra motivation, and these are some bonus ideas that take the oral motor exercises to the next level. Feeding Therapy Biting on Chewy Tubes builds tone and strength in the masseter muscle and helps develop the up/down pattern of jaw movement needed for speech, feeding and overall oral motor skill. Don't subscribe Best, Check it out here. I have made arrangements for him to see a feeding specialist but it’s becoming very concerning and stressful and I’m running out of ideas, Hey Tianna, In my experience, however, regularly chewing on non-food items is usually sensory-based. Desiree. The next time he held the noodle in his mouth for several minutes. This program may include some of the tips from this post, and/or other strategies as needed. I’m constantly finding new ideas on Pinterest, even though their original intent wasn’t an oral motor exercise. It’s that they have an oral sensory … These, For the most intensive vibration, therapists may. He breast feeds and can drink with no problem but anything that involves chewing he will gag, choke or vomits if he tries to swallow. For help deciding which chew tool(s) to go with, use Reading your article was very helpful and gave me a lot of exercises I need to be doing with her to help her move her tongue around and chew. So happy that you reached out to us, as we understand getting the advice that you are getting can be so frustrating!! Hi, my son has a neurological disorder which affects his perisylvian fissure control the oral motor area. Unsubscribe at any time. For instance, I might find some time I can focus on them after breakfast each day for 10 minutes, where I get down on the floor and be silly with the ideas and toys below. If you’re concerned about your child’s oral motor skills, I’d highly recommend a feeding therapy evaluation or if your child is under three and you live in the U.S., you may qualify for a free in-home evaluation from your state’s early intervention program. Desiree. I put in two email addresses and have not received a copy. Your email address will not be published. I signed up for the printable a few hours ago an still haven’t received it. Perfect for therapists to use during therapy or parents looking for some more creative ideas. I’m wondering now if maybe she’s having trouble given the gagging on all the food regardless of taste, sudden refusal of paci and bottles etc. It’s not that they WANT to chew. My LO is nearly 11 months he was born with cleft lip and palate his surgery went well but since then feeding has been a nightmare he doesnt drink anything, he has his milk with weatabix 3 times a day. Plus ideas to redirect oral habits to safer chewing outlets. but she consistently refuses to eat. I am looking for a feeding therapist, but don’t feel hopeful if it helps him. And, if you’ve been told to follow through on that at home, then please follow the direction of your therapist first. Check out this post HERE Save your seat here. Rotary chewing is broken into stages. I’d keep offering those as it may take awhile for him to accept. The problem is, though he sucks his hands he very rarely brings toys to mouth. If you still don’t see it email me and I’ll get it to you: [email protected]. Ideally, I like to just use oral motor exercises as part of a routine. Copyright © 2020 ARK Therapeutic All Rights Reserved. I need something for chewing for my son. As far as the pacifier, it’s hard to say as some kids just decide they don’t want or need it anymore, so it could just be that. My son is 10 months old and was 3 weeks early. Before we begin, keep a look out for the oral motor exercises downloadable PDF at the end of the post. It’s a refusal to open his mouth and if you do get it in there he spits it out with a raspberry or pulls a disgusted face. It has a lot of specifics and I think will be helpful. Learn more about her here. Although he's now an adult and his sensory needs have mostly subsided, among other things he had a strong need to chew when he was younger, sometimes chewing through several shirts a day. Get Inspired with Foods Picky Eaters Tend to Eat! All Sometimes spicy foods and/or foods with strong, intense flavors can help, too. Thanks in advance. HI – your site is very helpful. Hey Lyn, When kids climb, … - exercises to help your child move his or her mouth better for chewing and swallowing - getting your child to try different positions for eating - getting your child to try different foods - trying different food textures, bottles, cups, spoons, or - other techniques to help your child eat safely For any speech concerns, I’d reach out to an SLP for specific skills to work on as well! You can try practicing in front of the mirror. All other foods he either straight up refuses to touch or when he does put them in his mouth they are never swallowed and fall out / get spit out. Hold (or have them hold) the mesh bag and chew while keeping it in place. Or, I might try if I had a 15 minute commute after daycare or school (most of the exercises can be done easily in the car). Some kids who need to chew have low oral awareness, in which case this vibration may help "wake up" the mouth with a new, heightened level of sensory stimulation. Get inspired, plan your meals, or just copy the done for you meal ideas with this awesome printable for toddlers and babies! It’s not that they WANT to chew. She use to give everything a try, but if uninterested in it, she would quickly pull it out of her mouth. Save your seat here I love how proactive you’re being! Desiree. Most kids who need to chew are sensory seekers, so they’ll likely love the increased sensation. Desiree. She drinks milk 3,25% 4 times a day ,even In the middle of night, I have to wake up and feed her. I apologize for my typos. I just ordered the vibrating teether you suggested .. any tips for what I can do until the supplies come in? Telling them to stop is not going to help. “Heavy work” might sound intimidating, but for the most part this is just about getting active with resistive activities that push or pull against the body - things like swimming, hanging on monkey bars, etc. And, for older children, it may start to feel like a chore. I may be preemptively worrying but my daughter is 5 months old. He can handle mum mums. • Licking peanut butter or marshmallow crème with the tongue after it has been placed on … He doesn’t like texture foods, doesn’t know how to chew. Please note that the information here is based on my experience with the children I have personally seen as a speech therapist, and may not be relevant for everyone. I don’t want her to get too old and still have this issue. she chews on toys and stuff a lot. Yet even today we still hear parents say "I had no idea other families are going through this, too! We do have a free workshop that is full of great information that may be helpful for you! Wow, that’s so interesting! Best, Learn more about when your child is too old to drool, Licking popsicles or lollipops outside of the mouth, Placing applesauce, yogurt, or pudding on the corners of the mouth and having kids lick off. 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