Many children have sensory processing differences. Some children are sensory seekers.
These children need lots and lots of sensation to meet their sensory needs or to even notice a sensation. For these children, offering foods that provide lots of stimulation and sensation will help them notice what is happening in their mouths and/or meet their sensory needs. Foods with big crunch and big taste are listed below to give you some ideas:
Sour foods (lemons, apples with lime juice, cucumber with vinegar, sour candies)
Some children are oral seekers, meaning they love to explore their world through their mouth. It can be disconcerting when a child puts everything in their mouth (oh the germs!), but there is hope! The following is a list of socially appropriate/crowd-friendly foods and items that are hygienic and safe AND will meet the needs of oral seekers.
Crowd-Friendly Things for the Mouth
Hard candies (only if choking is not a hazard, of course!)
Milkshakes or smoothies from a straw (the skinnier the straw, the more work)
Sport water bottles (that require lots of suction)