Toddler a Picky Eater? The Development of Oral Motor Skills and Eating

During early childhood, there is an important progression of oral motor skills that a child gains in order to move on to each set of new foods. One of the most significant of these oral motor skills is tongue lateralization, or the movement of the tongue from side to side inside the mouth.

Oral Fixation vs. Oral Mouthing — Is There A Difference?

Development of Oral Motor & Oral Sensory Skills Early development of oral motor and oral sensory skills is critical to reaching many childhood milestones. The oral motor and sensory experiences a child has as an infant and toddler can directly impact development in the following areas: Oral-motor strength and coordination Speech and language Feeding and eating behaviors Self-soothing and sleep …