Strategies to support your child’s oral sensory seeking behaviors:
- Provide chewy or crunchy snacks (fruit leather, jerky, bagels, Laffy Taffy, licorice, pretzels, granola bars, carrots)
- Make a chewy necklace with licorice or Cheerios
- Drink through a water bottle or juice box with a straw
- Suck applesauce, pudding, or yogurt through a straw
- Play games with straws (blow cotton balls through a maze; suck raisins, M & M’s or Smarties at the end of a straw and move as many as possible from point A to point B in 30 seconds, then eat!)
- Play a game of Ping-Pong table hockey (see if your child can blow the ball off his opponent’s side of the table)
- Whistle, blow bubbles, use Blo-Pens and blow toys such as party horns, sound makers, and pinwheels
- Blow up balloons
- Move a piece of food back and forth X number of times prior to swallowing (as your child develops more control, increase the number of times)
- Use an electric toothbrush
- Chew gum
- Purchase products designed for chewing such as Chewlery and Chewy Tubes or chewable pencil toppers
Thank you, Jill Cox-Woodall, MS OTR/L from TheraPLACE Learning Center for contributing some great ideas!
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