How do kids with oral integration disorder eat at preschool or later on at school???
My daughter has oral integration disorder. She is 3.5 years old and will only eat pureed food and only the same meals which is veggies pureed with meat for lunch and dinner, porridge and banana pureed for breakfast and yogurt in between (only a certain brand). Bella will not self feed herself as she hates food touching her skin and often doesn't like to think about the food going into her mouth. She sees a speech therapist and when I bring up Bella's oral issues and my concern with how she will do at preschool and later school when she can't feed herself. Will I have to bring her home for lunch? What if I'm working and can't get to her? The speech therapist said she has never known of a child not chewing, however I think this oral integration disorder is not that common and she just hasn't come upon it. She just can't imagine Bella never chewing. Next year Bella goes to preschool and I think I will have to bring her home for lunch. What if she is still not feeding herself by school?
I would like to understand how other families with kids who don't chew or self feed manage school. Do you bring your child home for meals, feed them at school or maybe have a teacher feed them? Not sure how Bella will deal with feeding herself as she gets older.
I am getting very upset about the whole thing as I feel as though she will have to live with us forever or else she will starve. How do you adults with this oral eating problem deal with it in everyday life?