Chewing Hierarchy Level # 2 as a pre-feeding exercise:
If you are working on Chewing Hierarchy Level #2 as a pre-feeding exercise…this means during regular feeding your little one is chewing food at Chewing hierarchy level #1…while she is eating at level #1…during pre-feeding you work on level #2…with toothettes presented to the lateral incisor and then to the back molar… or you can use chewy tubes….go to www.talktools.com for tools and supplies for this level. When using the toothettes…be sure to cut the wings off to make it easier to put inside your little one’s mouth.
So you want your little one to take two bites:
One bite at the lateral incisor
One bite at the back molar
What are we motor planning for? Tongue tip pointing and tongue retraction.
Be sure to alternate sides…whatever you do on one side you do on the other side…unless you see asymmetry.
Once you see that your little one is capable of biting at the lateral incisor and then at the back molar ridge….you are ready to present this level during feeding.
And when you are working on chewing hierarchy level #2 during feeding…you are working on chewing hierarchy level #3 during pre-feeding.
Not only are you teaching your little one these chewing skills…you are also motor planning for the skills indicated above.
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