Below you will find information regarding chewing hierarchy level three….remember you will do level #3 as a pre-feeding exercise while you are working on level #2 as a feeding exercise. This means if you are working on level #3 as a pre-feeding exercise you are using chewy tubes not food…..because you are developing the muscle memory for chewing…and when your little one is ready….you will do this level during feeding…and addressing chewing hierarchy level #4 in your pre-feeding.
CHEWING HIERARCHY LEVEL #3
Present a stick shape bolus-like a veggie stick or a pretzel…I also like the Snikkidy Cheese Fries…they are the same shape as a veggie stick..and the same consistency…but are very cheesy…and give lots of good sensory information…they are in the chip aisle….I love them too!
What to do:
Present the food on the lateral incisor. Be sure to provide support to your little one’s jaw to prevent jutting or sliding…if needed. Encourage your little one to bite. Quickly present the bolus to the opposite lateral incisor. Alternate the side you start on as well.
What does this level work on?
~Tongue tip pointing
~Tongue lateralization across midline
I plan to post about level number four tomorrow…the five point bite…which addresses the rotary chew…tongue lateralization across midline.
Have fun and post with any questions.