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The Parent’s Guide to Mealtime with Picky Eaters

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Sensory processing difficulty affects everything you do during the day, and it has a tremendous impact at mealtimes. Research suggests that children with sensory processing challenges frequently struggle to eat.

And many children who don’t eat well often have sensory processing problems.Eating is a complex sensory task. Each time we chew our food we must simultaneously integrate at least one new piece of information from each of our eight sensory systems.

Each time you chew, your food feels different in your mouth, it sounds different in your head, and the taste changes. It even smells different as you chew (we have scent receptors in the back of our mouths), and you must use a different amount of chewing pressure.

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