Is it possible for a child to not be able to chew?
My 3 year old daughter has verbal apraxia (though with ProEfa fish oil she is talking clearly in 3 words or more sentences) and a hypersensitive gag reflex with a seemingly inability to chew. She only eats mashed foods and yogurt.
The meals have to be given to her in a high chair with some form of distraction such as the TV or crafts. As soon as she is aware that I am spoon feeding her she says "yucky don't like it" however when I quickly up the distraction she happily opens her mouth to eat. She won't feed herself the mashed meals or yogurt as she doesn't like food touching her skin or clothes.
My daughter doesn't have any other sensitivities really, she doesn't mind tooth brushing. She just hates food and has never chewed. I have never seen chewing motion. Her speech therapist says she will eventually chew as she has never seen a child not chew. 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. I don't even mind the mashed food eating as everything can be mashed, she is good at swallowing smooth foods. It's just the avoidance and fear of feeding herself that is the problem.
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? The speech pathologist says she has never seen it.