Dealing with a picky eater can be difficult. Rule out “oral defensiveness” for your own sanity.
Some children with behaviour problems may be over sensitive to tactile sensations – also called “oral defensiveness”. The texture and consistency of mashed potato, rice pudding, apple sauce or a burger patty may be intolerable to a child with a sensitive mouth.
They also may be very sensitive to what foods looks like or the smell and taste of specific foods. Some children with behaviour problems have poor oral – motor skills which can affect chewing, and eating solid foods, trying new foods, keeping food down, etc.
The “picky” eater often has unusual food preferences and a limited variety of foods may be eaten.
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