So what’s behind Feeding Disorders? 🥗🧀🍗
Autism, Feeding Disorders, Oral Motor, Picky Eaters, Sensory Nov 10, 2019
Besides being communication experts, Speech Language Pathologists also treat swallowing and feeding disorders🥗🥪🍎
Feeding disorders impact 25-45% of healthy/typically developing children and as much as 80% of children with developmental delays/disabilities or chronic diseases ‼️Given the significant prevalence of feeding disorders. It is our duty to go above and beyond and understand the cause of the feeding disorder….🕵🏽♀️
It would be great to pin point a single root of the problem and treat it. However, feeding disorders are often a combination of multiple areas of weakness‼️
So what’s behind feeding disorders? 🥗🧀🍗
Feeding disorders could be attributed to:
1. Sensory aversion: difficulties processing and accepting different textures, and temperatures☀️❄️
2. Oral Motor deficits: occurs when there is difficulty swallowing food due to poor lip closure, inadequate chewing, tongue propulsion, and delayed swallowing onset👅👄.
3. Behavioral: cognitive behavioral aversion to specific food groups exhibited by crying, lip pursing among others🗣
4. Combination: most feeding disorders are attributed to a combination of 2 or 3 from the mentioned above. A sensory aversion to a stimuli could potentially become a behavioral aversion to one or a variety of food groups🔄
So what can you do as a parent👨👩👦👦?
- Follow your pediatricians recommendations to include a variety of food groups early in development 👩⚕️👨⚕️
- Expose them to a variety of food groups with different textures and consistencies 🍉🍎🧀🍗
- Make meal time a relaxing and enjoyable experience 😍
Let them get explore and get messy ❗️
- Avoid settling yourself with comments such as “He/She will grow out of it”, actively seeking the root of the problem and providing support will be your best bet.
- Consult with a SLP if your child is experiencing significant aversion during meal time. It could be more than just a #pickyeater‼️‼️‼️‼️