But hey he is happy, with a great sense of humour - oh and is learning to drive - take heart! My daughter is 3 and cannot chew food yet and I can only feed her moist food mashed with a fork sometimes the food collects in her chest cavity and she sometimes brings it all up..actually eats more food than my son who is 4....Both children have severe development delay but my son isn't as bad as my daughter.At around 12 months wen I knew he wud be ready for older food he sacred as if he was chocking to death every time I tried to give him a bite! He now has a full set of teeth and shud be very capable of chewing food but I too have not once ever even seen him make a chewing notion, like he just doesn't know how!!He is over weight tho from drinking so much milk and he still is on stage 3 baby foods. Other developmental disabilities, has never chewed. I want other parents not to lose hope, or patience. I ve been trying methods from my work as n ABA Therapuetic Staff aide with no succcess. My son going to 5yrs this Jan 15, still doesn't know how to chew food, hold smashed food in mouth for long time and swallow, eat small pieces of fruits like apple, carrot with his front teeth.Is it possible to physically not have the motor oral skills to chew?Can a person not be wired up properly to be able to chew? I have read through all the comments above and I have an 18 year old who cannot chew.Not conventional but he has survived and eats everything- just mashed or cut into teeny weeny pieces.
I would like to say that the speech therapist in an earlier comment on here who said 'I have never met anybody over the age of 10 who cannot chew, has obviously not had good training as this syndrome is certainly not that rare.I am worried some wat only because I didn't know this was an actual condition.. It's honestly a relief to read other stories like my son. Otherwise he drinks lots if bottles if milk because he won't use a cup with a lid. Remember to include either broth, or sauce, or something like applesauce or yogurt, or sour cream, to the main course, to make it more palatable. Place the veggy stick on your child mouth in between the teeth, hold the top of the head with your left hand and push your child chin with your lower pulm while you are holding the veggy stick until you hear he/she bite on it.But it's good to know my son is not the only one and that he will be OK.. My son is 4 years old and he started chewing a couple of months ago. My son has been getting help with HELP ME GROW services since he was 6 months old. I am a sensory eater myself, but my son it a hundred times worse. The most textured food he will eat is very soft spaghetti noodles with lots of sauce. Do not ever give anything hard and dry, like french fries, potato chips, and so forth, that require chewing. Make sure to do it slowly so your kid won't bite his own tongue, do it again and again.She won't feed herself the mashed meals or yogurt as she doesn't like food touching her skin or clothes. Her speech therapist says she will eventually chew as she has never seen a child not chew.My daughter doesn't have any other sensitivities really, she doesn't mind tooth brushing. However, I can't see it happening and will probably have to feed her until she is old enough to will herself to do it herself.