Improving Chewing in Toddlers Activity
Description: Looking for ways to improve chewing skills in toddlers? Try these four strategies:
- Diet Modifications: Making changes to the type of bolus presented, as well as the types of utensils used, and the amount of food presented, can help a ton! Try different modifications to look for situations that make it easier for the child to practice better chewing skills.
- Behavioral Modifications: Use visuals and verbal cues/prompting to help the child understand what “good chewing” is and practice it.
- Positioning Modifications: Try different positions for the child’s head, neck, and torso that promote the natural backward flow of food to the swallowing phase, but not too fast.
- Oral Motor Therapies: Alert the mouth prior to bolus introduction with temperatures, textures, vibrations, etc.
You can watch a video explanation of these techniques by clicking the link below: