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ERIC Number: ED407775
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996
Pages: 15
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: N/A
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Initial Considerations for Helping Your Infant Learn To Eat [and] Strategies To Promote Oral Eating in Infants.
Pagano, John
These two papers offer parents of infants and toddlers with developmental disabilities and feeding problems both general advice and specific intervention strategies. The first paper examines the causes of feeding difficulty (such as a physical structure problem, fear of eating, or difficulty learning to eat); the need for intervention while simultaneously assuring that the child gets adequate nutrition; indications of a possible eating difficulty (such as resisting feeding); the role of physicians and therapists; and other resources. The second paper offers specific strategies for teaching the infant how to eat by mouth. These include behavioral strategies (such as rewarding acceptance of new foods with a favorite food), careful positioning for feeding, and provision of appropriate sensory oral-motor input through systematic facial and gum massage. (DB)
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Parents
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A