- Oral Motor
- Fine Motor
Not all children labeled as picky eaters are in fact picky. Sometimes children refuse certain foods if they know they can't orally manage the foods presented. It is not their fault - they don't want to be difficult or stubborn - they may just not be able to communicate why they are refusing the foods. Not being able to properly chew foods is a very real fear and potential choking hazard. If you are concerned that your child has a feeding problem, please consult with a feeding therapist in your area for an evaluation. Therapists don't bite! There is no harm that can come from an evaluation, but potentially a lot of good can come from it to help your child learn how to properly eat. Chew tools (like Grabbers and Y-Chews) can help develop biting and chewing skills. Other children may be "picky" in response to oral defensiveness and texture aversions. In which case textured chew tools and the Z-Vibe® can help normalize these sensitivities.