What are the best books you've read about sensory issues?
My son is 22 months, and he has sensory issues that affect his eating. He will only eat crunchy foods, nothing mushy. He hates having his hands dirty (with mushy foods, pieces of grass, etc.). He's just recently started complaining about the tags in his shirts, so I think his sensory problems might affect more than his eating as he gets older. And he's been putting his fingers in his ears a lot. I don't know if that is related.
We went to OT for about 5 months, but we're taking a break. With this latest bout of teething and the streak of independence, we just weren't getting anywhere.
But his OT recommended the book called "Food Chaining" (helpful for all extremely picky eaters, regardless of the cause) and the approach is easier on both of us. He's started eating several new foods. I'm excited even though they are similar to the foods he already eats and aren't as big a step as we'd hoped when in OT. (And I'm sure we'll be back in OT before long.)
If it will help anyone out there to get ideas, here is a list of foods my son eats. (We get the dried fruits and veggies from www.justtomatoes.com
, and they sell them at Whole Foods):
* fresh fruits: Granny Smith apples
* dried fruits: blueberries, strawberries, cherries, pineapple, banana, mango, apple, blackperries
* cooked veggies: fries (must be fried, not baked), Chick-fil-A waffle fries, sweet potato fries, chips, veggie chips. (Can these be counted as veggies or should they be sweets?!)
* dried veggies: corn, peas
* meats: bacon, pepperoni (if cooked until crunchy). he ate chicken nuggets until this latest bout of teething; hopefully he'll start eating them again soon.
* bread/cereals: muffins, Cheerios, cereal bars (Special K are his favorite), one brand of pre-made garlic bread, all kinds of crackers (the Kashi Mediterranean Bruschetta crackers are high in calories, so I'm excited he's started eating those!), and peanut butter crackers
* sweets: smarties, skittles, sometimes he will eat a taste of brownie, there are several cookies he's eaten at one time or another, but he gets them so rarely that he may refuse it the next time it is offered.
* drinks: all kinds of juices, milk, milkshakes, we add blueberry and strawberry yogurt squeezers to his milk, and he begs for a straw to share our sweet tea sometimes