Childhood Diseases

Posted by: Memo | 2009/04/06


Learning problems

Hi Dr
Please can you help me. I attend an interactive baby class with my son who is 18m. The teacher has told me that the fact that my boy cannot tolerate soft and gooey textures is a problem and if he does not start getting used to touching and exploring new textures it could manifest into learning difficulties as he grows up.
I do know he does not like soft textures and I even have a problem with feeding him anything puree. He prefers whole foods. He also does not like his hands to get dirty.
Other than a problem with textures he seems very bright and has an excellent memory. I have no problem teaching him new things and he picks up things extremely quickly. At the moment he is learning colours and he is picking it up quite nicely.
And on a separate note, I am finding my child is getting bored at home. I was thinking of sending him to a playgroup twice a week. My concern is his emotional readiness. He loves interaction with children and other people but he is also a bit of a mommy' s boy. Do you think it is advisable to send a toddler to school and can the texture problem cause learning difficulties?
Thank you very much.

Expert's Reply



I do not believe that one can say that a baby of your son's age is tactile defensive. You need to give him a lot more time and see what happens as he gets older before making judgements like this. Your son seems very bright for his age and appears to be doing well in all other respects, so do not worry now.
Your son gets on well with other children and really seems ready to learn, but it will do him no harm at all to stay at home with you for the rest of this year and avoid the winter months at school this year.

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