Interview the adult about the child’s eating habits. Observe the child during snack. Watch the movement of the tongue in the cheeks.
Ask the adult to give examples of breads, dairy, fruits, vegetables, and meats the child eats. Ask the adult to give examples of the child’s preferred foods. Give the child a solid snack that needs chewing, such as a small sandwich.
The child uses his tongue to get food up between the cheek and gums.
Encourage parents to provide a variety of foods with many different textures. Children need to experience thin liquids, thick purees, soft, mushy, hard, and chewy foods. All require different types of jaw, tongue, and lip movements and pressure.
North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, 2015
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