Hi! I am very novice but I observed my very skilled supervisor attempting to just touch the food to the lips as a first step. She kept it all very positive and if the child pulled away she pulled back and presented the texture on a new utensil. She tried several things: Thera-tube, Nuk brush, flavored tongue depressor, etc. until the child allowed her to touch the food to her lips and then rewarded her with something she did like. She then moved up a hierarchy from brushing her lips and wiping it off to brushing her lips and the child licking her lips and then brushing her tongue. Good luck!!
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