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Oral Motor and Feeding

Oral motor skills begin in the womb and are fully developed by the age of 3. Oral motor skills are complex in nature, comprising of movement patterns with physical and. sensory components. 


When feeding is a challenge, many times individual oral structures and sensory-motor patterns are a cause.  

Oral motor problems cause issues and difficulty with difficulty biting, chewing, and manipulating foods. They can cause difficulties with textures of foods, and can be a reason your little one is a picky eater!

Contact Tara for an oral motor and feeding assessment if you suspect oral motor difficulties or need help with any of the following:

  • Weak oral muscles

  • Oral apraxia (problems with motor planning)

  • Oral coordination

  • Oral sensitivities

  • Transitioning to table foods

  • How to drink from a straw

  • How to use utensil

  • How to help picky eaters using no-pressure techniques and exploration

  • Creating structure and Routine at meals (which is the foundation to creating healthy eating habits for life)

See below for tried and true feeding utensils and oral motor tools recommended by Tara:


Oral Motor

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