- If presented with some food on his tray, Colin will attempt at times to take a tiny speck of food (yep, he picks out the smallest speck) and put it in his mouth from either his thumb or index finger.
- He is pretty much eating all types of table food (which I put in the food processor leaving very small chunks) without any resistance.
- He will put large items (pretzel rods, cookies, etc.) into his mouth without prompting.
- He assists with putting the spoon/fork into his mouth.
The Negatives: (I should more appropriately call this concerns)
- Colin still doesn't really go through a chewing motion (unless in a non-food setting, he is watching us eat something and then he will mimic the chewing motion). This is concerning to me because I wonder how well the food is getting absorbed when it's not broken down more thoroughly. I try to puree the food pretty small because of this reason, but there are still chunks. We put the food into the side of his mouth, he quickly moves it over, and slides it down his throat. This is the area we are struggling to improve.
- He is not using a pincer grip to pick up food (literally just pokes and hope it sticks to his finger). However, we just got OT added, so hopefully that will help.
- I am happy with his progress, but fear the start of school in a classroom that is more unassisted feeding (he will obviously need help, but I was hoping by then he would be independently feeding).
Tonight, I decided to not fear the mess as much and allowed Colin to really explore and play with his food.
He poked and prodded and smeared and threw, and a few pieces ended up in his mouth on his own (of course the pieces that just stuck to his finger).
I can't tell you how many pieces of spinach and ravioli were floating in the bathtub, but it was a fun and rewarding experience. Here's to many more of those experiences!