Teaching chewing: a structured approach.
Eckman N, et al.
Am J Occup Ther. 2008 Sep-Oct;62(5):514-21.
Community Services Group, Lancaster, PA, USA.
OBJECTIVE: A structured intervention was used to teach chewing to two children with special needs. Neither child had a history of chewing or eating high-textured food.
METHOD: The intervention combined oral-motor and behavior components to teach chewing. A multiple baseline design was used to evaluate treatment effectiveness.
RESULTS: Both children improved their chewing skills while increasing the texture of foods eaten and the variety of foods eaten.
CONCLUSION: This structured intervention could be used to teach chewing to a range of children who did not acquire this skill during normal development.
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