We hope, if you got a chance to try food desensitisation with a finely textured food like flour last week, that your child enjoyed the activity! If not, there's no need to worry: you can spend extra time working on the last phase at which they were comfortable. Everybody really enjoyed rice play in Holly and Hawthorn class a few weeks ago so you could try using a little rice tray for a while to increase comfort levels. If your child has been enjoying all the activities up to this point then we can progress the program by introducing mixed-size dry textures: try adding some rice, large pasta shapes (like penne), dry beans and flour to a tray and see how your child enjoys that. We recognise that you may not have all these items in the house so don't worry if you only have a few of these on hand to spare for this activity. The emphasis is on getting comfortable with the variety of textures presented by this activity: touching, feeling, burying hands in the tray and so on.
You can try some of the same activities that we recommended for the finely-textured dry food play:
- Playing with preferred figure-toys in the tray.
- Using cups, spoons and other containers to transfer the food between trays.
- Burying some items from an activity (pieces from a puzzle, pegs from a peg-board) in the tray and encouraging your child to retrieve them.
Thanks so much for all the photos gang: great to see how everybody is getting on at home with schooling, social skills or just getting out and about!
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