When You Eat With Your Child With Sensory Processing Disorder
There aren’t many things that can frustrate a mom more than a child who just won’t eat, can’t eat or refuses to eat or touch his food. Welcome to my household! My son Von is 3 years old, and to date he will only touch crackers, dry cereal, Cheetos and grapes with skin. If you place anything on his plate that appears slimy, has a “weird” texture or is simply unpleasant to his liking he will not touch it and will not feed himself. I imagine when he looks at his plate it must appear like this:
That is the only logical reason I can think a child would not want to feed himself. Worms! In Von’s little mind, which is actually very large, I’m starting to believe all food that is of an undesirable texture has to look like worms. The food must be slimy, slithering and is most certainly trying to wiggle its way into his mouth, down his throat and into that tummy so empty it growls. The worms must be so large and unpleasant that it causes him to wince in sheer agony if something as disgusting as yogurt would even have the nerve to simply graze or touch his gentle skin on his fingers.