Good Language Model
Remember you are your child’s language model. If your child says a word or sentence incorrectly, repeat it so they hear the correct way of producing the word/sentence. This way they hear the correct way of saying it – you are the model! Try not to make them repeat it or correct it as this tends to make them shy away from speaking.
- Simple Language
Try use simple language that your child understands rather than using long winded sentences and complex words. Explain any new words, especially when they ask – this is when they are curious and ready to learn. more…
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The introduction of utensils and the mastery of eating with it is a developmental process just like sitting and crawling. For a lot of babies, this comes naturally, but some might need a little bit of help. I am hoping to shed some light on this topic for you.
Independent eating relies on abilities and develops in stages.
Abilities which are needed for independent eating:
- Chewing or moving food around in the mouth
- Swallowing and preparing for the next bite
- Full fist grip in order to finger feed and later hold a spoon
- Eye-hand coordination to get the spoon in the bowl
- Coordination to get the hand or spoon to the mouth
- Pincer grip for isolated finger feeding and holding a fork
The different stages of eating independently with utensils is as follows:
- Ability to maintain an upright sitting posture during meal time
- Tolerating textures and eating solid foods while being fed
- Ability to grasp utensils and use them appropriately during play
- Self-feeding with utensil while parent feeds most of the meal (spoon)
- Self-feeding with parent doing hand-over-hand guiding (spoon)
- Independent self-feeding of “sticky foods” like yogurts (spoon)
- Independent self-feeding of most foods (spoon)
- Self-feeding with utensils while parent feeds most of the meal (fork)
- Self-feeding with parent doing hand-over-hand guiding (fork)
- Independent self-feeding of “sticky foods” like yogurts (fork)
- Independent self-feeding of most foods (fork)