Thursday Tips: Focus On The Senses Series

food art wildflowersFor the next series of Thursday Tips posts here at Learn To Love Food, we’re going to focus on the senses. Our senses are how we experience everything in our world, including food. They’re amazing access points to our brain full of rich, nuanced information that help kids learn about, become comfortable with and expand their diets to new foods.  

We’re all familiar with the 5 senses of sight, smell, hearing, touch, and taste, but our vestibular and proprioceptive senses also directly impact eating and need to be addressed with seating, positioning and whole body strategies before our brains can even begin to think about exploring foods and learning about them with our ‘5 senses’.

Over the next few weeks we’re going to explore each sense, what it does for us, how it impacts eating, and strategies that can help kids use their senses to feel safe with and get excited about foods. I’m looking forward to delving into these topics and I hope you’ll find the information helpful and inspiring, too!

Thinking about how we use our senses to experience the world is a great way to prepare to expand on how we can help kids access and enjoy their own sensory experiences. As you explore food with your kids this week during food play, meal prep, at meals or at snacktimes, think about how you use your senses to talk about and experience food. You can pick activities from the drop-down menu on the right, think about the senses as you make or eat seasonal treats or start thinking about how your senses help you experience every activity throughout your day!

Most importantly have fun and happy food play!

 

 

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2 thoughts on “Thursday Tips: Focus On The Senses Series

  1. I look forward to these. My son does a great job of eating and trying new foods. We actually have little trouble there. But, he is Autistic and has severe sensory issues, including vestibular and proprioceptive. He goes to OT once a week to work on them. His proprioceptive is especially troublesome at meal times. It’s like his brain has no idea what his hands are doing. It’s easy to knock over a glass, or just be unaware of his limbs. Often, he has taken several bites before he even sits down, which means food on the floor. It’s always a focus of ours to get him to sit down correctly before he touches any food. I’m interested to read your various topics over the next few weeks.

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    1. I’m so glad to hear about your son’s interest in trying new foods and hope the info to come on the senses will be interesting and helpful! The more I tune into the senses in therapy and in my own life I’m amazed by the wealth of information our bodies take in every moment! If you have specific strategies that work well for your son and your family, please feel free to share them so other families can benefit from your knowledge and experience, too. Thank you for reading and being part of the community here at Learn To Love Food! 🙂

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