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10 Fun Activities for Gustatory Sensory Processing Disorders

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What Is Gustatory Sensory?

Have you ever wondered what gustatory sensory is? It’s the term used to describe the sense of taste! Taste is a really important sense, and it helps us enjoy food and drinks, and also helps us avoid dangerous things. There are different parts of the tongue that are responsible for detecting different tastes – sweet, sour, salty, and bitter. Kids learn about taste during their early childhood years, and often play taste tests with their families.

Parents can help their kids improve their gustatory sensory by providing them with healthy foods to eat and drink, and by exposing them to a variety of flavors. Keep reading to learn more about gustatory sensory!

The Sense of Taste

Taste helps us determine the taste of food and other things. In fact, our sense of taste is historically linked to our survival, as our sense of taste gives us an indication of whether food is safe to eat or possibly toxic. Kids with autism usually have trouble differentiating between different tastes. The sense of taste may be due to the receptors found in the taste buds in our mouths. 

Most buds are on the tongue but are also found in other parts of the mouth. Humans have about 10,000 taste buds, each containing between 50 and 150 cells. However, children have twice as many receptors as adults, which is probably why children remain more food predators than adults. So kids with Autism living with Gustatory Sensory Processing Disorder can improve their tasting.

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Different Taste Tests for Gustatory Sensory Disorder​

There are many activities of taste testing that kids with autism spectrum disorder can enjoy. These activities will help them focus on their tasting sense a lot better.​

Apple Taste Test​

The Apple Taste trial is a great way to incorporate flavor concepts into your study. Not only that, but it also goes into vocabulary, math, and science – all in one fun lesson. Start the lesson by showing students all the apples. It can be very helpful to have the pieces cut early, especially if you have a very active group of students.

Use Extended Vocabulary Words

You can discuss the sense of taste, divide the apples by color, count the apples, count the children and find out how many pieces you need. Be sure to use extended vocabulary words to describe apples. In the end, of course, all the remaining apples can’t go to waste. If you have to wait until it’s time to eat, a little sliced lemon juice will help keep it interesting. Enjoy snacks and read with your students.

Blind Taste Test​

Tasting is very important, and extremely important for those who live to eat. So this a wonderful activity for kids with Autism spectrum disorder who have trouble differentiating between different types of edible stuff.

Taste Different Things Which They Might Have Never Tasted

To make the activity more fun and challenging, the children are blindfolded and are made to taste different things which they might have never tasted before. We have to ask them about the taste of the dish and whether they liked it or not.  If you are a teacher, you can give points to students who give the most correct answers. This will make the activity more competitive and fun.

Fruit Smoothie Taste Test

Children’s tasting tests are a fun, and crazy, way to get kids to try new foods. Also, it is a wonderful sensory way that enables them to smell, and taste! I often think of sensory functions, but there is more to it than that, and this is amazing for kids to explore. But the great thing is that I believe kids would love exploring all the different types of smoothies we can make. 

Rainbow of Smoothies

We haven’t really liked it yet, just trying the fruit right now. We even made a rainbow of smoothies and learned to mix colors and fruits! Usually almost all the fruits are super tasty but kids are very picky when it comes to fruits. They have their own likes and dislikes. 

If the kids don’t like a particular fruit, they are never gonna taste it. So it is a wonderful way to make them try some of the best healthy fruits. Maybe they might start loving the fruits that they hated earlier. For this activity you just have to mix about six different fruits in small quantities and pour each into a small bowl and let the kids taste them and identify them.

Lemon Foods Taste Test

I wanted to choose a diet that would investigate and challenge the buds of children a little, so I decided to try the lemon taste test. Instead of choosing the food I would try on my own, I decided to take a field trip to the store. I had a general idea of what we could collect, but I challenged the kids to check out the store nearby to find as many lemons as they could find. 

This was fun! 

This was fun! I really did not see how many lemons there were in the store. I told the kids that we limit our purchases to five items, so they spent a lot of time discussing what to buy. This added another layer of learning to our work, and I loved it! So in this activity we bought different lemons of different shapes, sizes and prices.

The kids tried testing each one by one and rated the lemons about their bitterness on the scale of 1 to 10. It was a really fun and educational time.

Ice Cream Taste Test

Since taste tests talk a lot about testing and entertainment and are not bound to mealtimes, most kids always seem more willing to try something unusual or different. All in the name of science! So kids with Autism who love eating ice-cream, this is the best activity for you guys. I just bought three different varieties of vanilla ice cream and prepared the samples privately and all the kids tasted each and discussed the cream, flavor, and power of the vanilla flavor.

After that, everyone voted for a favorite.

Other Fun Gustatory Sensory Processing Disorders Activities

There are not just taste tests when it comes to Gustatory Sensory Activities. Here are some of the coolest fun activities that you can enjoy with the kids and at the same time help them develop their taste buds.

Fun with Tasting Bottles

Tasting bottles is one of the best activities for kids with Autism. In Montessori education, the taste of bottles is often found in an average elementary school classroom. A typical procedure involves giving children two sets of bottles with similar tastes. Children are then asked to taste the bottled drinks to match the preferences of each set. 

This is a super cool activity and I am sure kids are going to have a lot of fun in this activity.

Edible Jello Finger Paints Recipe

Here is an edible finger paint recipe that is safe for children and toddlers using fragrant jello powders. A truly amazing sensory experience that smells good, tastes good and sounds great, is a great first impression for little ones (and easy to do again!). Using lime, orange, strawberry, raspberry and blackcurrant, we were able to easily create fragrant and safe fruit finger paints, in less than a minute! It’s okay to just have automatic arty fun together without much preparation or the necessary things.

Paint was easy to clean and wash. When some of them fell on the table, it became hard and strong, but it can be wiped with a cloth. If you did it outside it would be much better.

Neon Taste Safe Finger Paint

How beautiful are these neon finger paints? Most kids had some really cool colors to mix and paint with these. The neon safe paint is ideal for babies and infants, who still like to slip those little fingers into their mouths. The best part is how easy this is to do, they contain two ingredients that you can already have in your kitchen! 

This Is a Fun Sensory Activity

Mix yogurt with a drop or two of the food ingredients together to create your finger paint! Because the colors are so bright, we only needed to add two drops to our yogurt mixture. Because this paint is made from food materials it is not intended to be preserved for any artwork that should be kept safe. This is a fun sensory activity that you can easily do in a few seconds, let the kids play, and dump them when they’re done!

Chocolate Playdough

I don’t know about your kids, but the kids I know, for some reason, like to play and taste chocolate play dough a lot! I never bought other different types of edible dough from the market, even though they said they were non-toxic, because the ingredients are of course edible, but they didn’t taste good.

So I made my own edible play dough. This chocolate toy dough, now that’s another story! You can literally eat this and it’s super tasty, it’s chocolate after all.!!

Hungry Caterpillar

Whenever food is involved, I have never had a problem keeping the attention of the kids. This is a very simple yet effective craft idea. In this craft, a paper caterpillar is made and different food materials are placed on its body. Kids have to taste the material one-by-one, starting from the back of the caterpillar. 

The food on the back is a little bitter and it keeps getting sweeter as the kid moves towards the head of the caterpillar. This activity is great for kids with autism dealing with Gustatory Sensory Processing Disorders. They will get to learn when they have different tastes. So be sure to give it a try.Gustatory sensory

Conclusion on Gustatory Sensory?

Gustatory sensory is responsible for our sense of taste, and it’s one of the most important senses when it comes to eating. This article has given you a basic overview of what gustatory sensory is and how it works. We hope you found this information interesting and informative. Please feel free to leave us a comment if you would like to know more about gustatory sensory or any of the other senses we’ve covered in this series. And be sure to check back soon for more articles on the fascinating world of neuroscience!

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