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Eating meals with sensory differences

It is important that any underlying medical issues or health concerns, including behavioural and emotional challenges are fully explored before suggesting it is a sensory-based difficulty. If the child is known to still regularly choke, gag or present with any other swallow or breathing related difficulty, then it is advised that a medical professional should be involved to rule out any mechanical feeding issues.

“Parent and professionals working with children are responsible for preparing and providing a balanced meal at an appropriate scheduled time. The child is solely responsible for whether they eat and how much they eat.” (Satter, 1987 as cited in Just Take a Bite, pg.38).