TASTE

How sensitive is your palette?

Taste is vital to sensing what is harmful or beneficial to eat, all basic tastes are classified as either aversive or appetitive, depending upon their effects to these sensory receptors. For example, sweetness helps to identify energy-rich foods, while bitterness serves as a warning sign.

Areas to explore TASTE: Swing Bean Café, Kitchen

TasteORAL DYSFUNCTION

Sensory Integration Dysfunction Symptoms:

Sensory Over Responsive ( SOR )

  • Picky eater with extreme food preferences and limited repertoire.
  • May gag on textured food.
  • Difficulty with sucking, chewing, and swallowing.
  • Extremely fearful of the dentist.
  • Dislikes toothpaste and brushing teeth.

Sensory Under Responsive ( SUR )

  • Loves intensely flavored foods.
  • May drool excessively.

Sensory Seeking ( SS )

  • May lick, taste or chew on inedible objects.
  • Frequently chews on pens, pencils, or shirt.
  • Frequently overstuffs mouth when eating, even to the point of gagging.