I don't even mind the mashed food eating as everything can be mashed, she is good at swallowing smooth foods.
In short he will never be able to chew or speak clearly as it is a sub form of cerebral palsy affecting the bulbar muscles in the mouth ( bulbar palsy).But I try and simply can't get him to eat anything else. He has said a full sentence before three different times but very rarely. Soft foods are not "slop." A perfectly good, nutritious diet can be derived from soft foods. It isn't perfectly ideal, but it can be a close second. that how i found he wasnt chewing his food came up whole, even a whole spaghetti noodle. He is a very active boy otherwise with average one can share how it will improve.Even the oatmeal in the Gerber toddlers is too lumpy and the oats u actually have to chew a tiny bit before u swallow, which shud be no big deal for any 1 and a half year old, but son gags and chokes if I put it in his mouth. He eats mainly pouch food, mashed banana, mashed potatoes, cream based soup, yogert and pudding. Mashed avocados, mashed bananas, mashed canned fruit, mashed cooked pasta, ground or finely cut fish (carefully remove all bones), or finely cut meats, oatmeal, applesauce, mashed cooked vegetables, blended fresh salad (put it in a blender), smoothies, milk shakes, ice cream, soups, juices, milk, yogurt, and so forth are all good, and all soft. My son is three years and two months now, he wasn't chew any kind of foods, he was eating blended food and he also didn't like to touch the food. Six months ago I started to do my own strategy to deal with his eating habit. I use a veggy stick, hold with your thumb and pointer (as enough as your kid can bite otherwise he/she will chock).Equally I do not want to worry anybody here as it was evident from birth that my son had major problems and was tube fed for the first year of life.He has always had an adult diet, just mashed & is 5'11 and weighs 11 stone.