Makaton Monday ~ Meal Time Madness

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A very very rare moment…Bruiser enjoying eating and feeding himself

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Its safe to say that meal times aren’t the most relaxing times in our house. Meltdown after meltdown means stressful would be about right. Bruiser loves food and there isn’t anything he actually dislikes. But, he has a lot of eating/food related difficulties; he doesn’t like certain textures of food in his mouth or on his fingers, he doesn’t like been dirty and so refuses to touch food, his dislike of being dirty extends to not feeding himself with cutlery because he drops food on himself. Not to mention only wanting to do things on his terms, when he wants, which includes eating. Some days he is very compliant providing you get him the moment he decides he is hungry. The rest of the time we have to distract him by means necessary using cartoons, toys or numbers to take his mind away from what we want him to do, whilst wiping away any crumbs or splashes as quickly as they happen.

When he is in his most compliant mood however and eats or attempts to feed himself, he will use the signs associated with eating.

DINNER

FOOD

TABLE

TO EAT

PLATE

KNIFE

TO CUT
(with knife)

FORK

SPOON

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Sign/Symbol used with the kind permission of the © The Makaton Charity 2012

For any help or advice in respect of Makaton, please contact the Makaton Charity directly.

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