Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Take Small Bites

Do you have food stuffers on your caseload? Students who like to imitate chipmunks while they're eating?  Sometimes this can be quite dangerous since they overstuff their mouths and then try to swallow the entire bolus of food.

Quickly adapt the lunch tray (cut off the lid to use as a plate) to permit students to practice eating small amounts of food, portioned out by the teacher/classroom assistant.  By giving students just a few bites at a time they may develop better habits related to portion intake.

If you're working with a student who has decreased sensation or impaired oralmuscular control primarily on one side of their face then you've got to add a bunch of other interventions to this simple adaption.

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