The tables serve
as a guideline. Variation in development is normal.
Tables reflect key areas in
development of normal feeding skills. Motor control describes the gross and fine
motor patterns that allow the child the postural stability and resulting mobility for
eventual independent feeding. Oral motor skills are defined as patterns of the
lips, tongue, jaw and cheeks used for eating, drinking, facial expressions, and speech
(Beckman, 1995). Oral intake refers to the type of nourishment the child is receiving.
Lastly, self-feeding skills reflect the sensori-motor and cognitive abilities that
dictate the level at which the child participates in feeding.