Sensory sensitivities & fussy eating
Each quarter I write for the TeachersMatters magazine. It’s a subscription journal produced by Spectrum Education and sent to teachers all over Australia and New Zealand.
The articles are designed to be informative and support teachers in all areas of education and children’s development.
Last quarter I focused on sensory sensitivities, their impact on eating and what you can do to support a child who finds food challenging.
When children struggle to eat, sensory sensitvities are often not on the radar unless a child has other obvious signs that sensory input is affecting them.
However, any time a child has strong parameters around food, such as preferring textures or colours or tastes, it is likely that sensory sensitivities are playing a part.
Similarly, if a child is avoiding whole food groups, sensory could be the underlying reason.
If your child has rigid ‘rules’ around eating, it’s definitely worth reading up on how sensory sensitivities could be part of the challenges they face in the eating sphere.
Are sensory sensitivities causing fussy eating or making it worse?