ORAL SENSORY INTEGRATION

ORAL SENSORY INTEGRATION

Senses include touch, smell, taste, vision, and hearing. If your child has oral hypersensitivity or hyposensitivity, he/she may have either a highly aroused nervous system (which may not recognize common sensations as non-threatening), or under aroused nervous system (which may need increased input as a prerequisite to initiate chewing and/or speaking). Since sensory is a prerequisite to movement, it is important to look at your child’s sensory system to address oral difficulties, and/or refer to an occupational therapist for the treatment options available for sensory disorders.

Signs that your child may have either a hyper- or hypo- oral sensory environment:
  • resists trying new foods
  • has a limited range of “safe” foods to eat
  • has a hyper-active gag reflex
  • hates brushing teeth
  • Overstuffs his/her mouth with food
  • Teeth Grinding
  • Chews on fingers
  • dislikes it when somebody tries to wipe his/her nose

 

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