The process in which our brain receives and organizes information about the food we eat and what we drink is called oral motor processing. This information includes texture, flavor, and temperature. Oral sensory processing also assists in sound production, saliva production, and contributes to movements of our mouth (oral motor).
The jaws and the muscles of the mouth (including the tongue) work together to provide proprioceptive input.
In this sensory play activity, we incorporate the oral sensory system as the child uses a straw to blow a pom-pom (or a cotton ball) through a play-dough maze. This activity not only helps with building oral motor skills, but it also promotes self and emotional regulation.