General signs that can indicate feeding disorder:
Oral motor skills are skills that include the awareness, movement and coordination of the lips, tongue, jaw, teeth, hard and soft palate needed for safe swallowing and the ability to consume a variety of food consistencies.
Difficulties in oral motor skills can include:
Sensory processing allows for children to be able to adapt and process information from the senses including sight, hearing, taste, smell, and touch while eating. Children may display sensory differences in which they over or under respond to sensory information. For the picky eater, they tend to over respond to the senses based on current sensory information or past bad feeding experiences causing an uncomfortable feeding experience. The feeding therapists at FTC help children to improve their own ability to tolerate a variety of food items within a calm, safe, non-forced environment. This enhances their confidence and independence around food.
Difficulties in sensory skills can include:
Motor skills are th muscle movements and coordination skills needed for independence with feeding skills including sitting at the table, self-feeding skills
(i.e. use of spoons, cup drinking), as well as skills such as food preparatory skills (adding and stirring ingredients, putting food on plate, opening packages) at age-appropriate levels. FTC feeding therapists assist with helping children meeting their feeding milestones in a fun, safe environment at a pace that is right for them!
Difficulties in motor skills can include: