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Taste (gustatory)
Taste often brings us pleasure. We tend to eat the things that taste good! But taste can also warn us of
danger. We know that milk may be sour or food may be spoiled based on the way they taste. But a person
with sensory integration dysfunction may be either a very picky eater, avoiding certain (or many) tastes
and textures, or may be an indiscriminate eater, eating almost anything! Taste is an area which will likely
cause more distress and grief for the parents of children with sensory problems, than for teachers and peers.

HYPERSENSITIVITY TO ORAL INPUT (oral defensiveness)
  • may only eat "soft" or pureed foods past 24 months of age
  • may gag with textured foods
  • has difficulty with sucking, chewing, and swallowing; may choke or have a fear of choking
  • resists/refuses/extremely fearful of going to the dentist or having dental work done
  • may only eat hot or cold foods
  • refuses to lick envelopes, stamps, or stickers because of their taste
  • dislikes or complains about toothpaste and mouthwash
  • avoids seasoned, spicy, sweet, sour or salty foods; prefers bland foods

HYPOSENSITIVITY TO ORAL INPUT (under-registers)
  • may lick, taste, or chew on inedible objects
  • prefers foods with intense flavor; i.e., excessively spicy, sweet, sour, or salty
  • excessive drooling past the teething stage
  • frequently chews on hair, shirt, or fingers
  • constantly putting objects in mouth past the toddler years
  • acts as if all foods taste the same
  • can never get enough condiments or seasonings on his/her food
  • loves vibrating toothbrushes and even trips to the dentist

Smell (olfactory)
We are often surrounded by fragrant scents from perfume and flowers, and delicious smells of popcorn and
freshly-baked bread or cookies. Other smells we encounter in our environment include cleaning agents,
newly mowed grass, car exhaust, and smoke. Our sense of smell can bring us pleasure, enhance our ability
to taste our food, and warn us of danger. However, as with the other senses, the sense of smell can cause
frustration for a person whose brain is not able to properly analyze, screen out, or respond to the
information it receives. Some people are overly sensitive to smells, and a whiff of perfume or cleansers can
be very distressing to them. Other people are under-reactive to smells, and may hold things close to their
nose to be able to smell them better. Whether they are overly- or under-reactive to smells, students who are
keenly aware of the smells around them in the classroom may be unable to concentrate on the work they
should be doing.

HYPERSENSITIVITY TO SMELLS (over-responsive):
  • reacts negatively to, or dislikes smells which do not usually bother, or get noticed, by other people
  • tells other people (or talks about) how bad or funny they smell
  • refuses to eat certain foods because of their smell
  • offended and/or nauseated by bathroom odors or personal hygiene smells
  • bothered/irritated by smell of perfume or cologne
  • bothered by household or cooking smells
  • may refuse to play at someone's house because of the way it smells
  • decides whether he/she likes someone or some place by the way it smells

HYPOSENSITIVITY TO SMELLS (under-responsive):
  • has difficulty discriminating unpleasant odors
  • may drink or eat things that are poisonous because they do not notice the noxious smell
  • unable to identify smells from scratch 'n sniff stickers
  • does not notice odors that others usually complain about
  • fails to notice or ignores unpleasant odors
  • makes excessive use of smelling when introduced to objects, people, or places
  • uses smell to interact with objects
Taste & Smell
Toys, Products, and Ideas
for Sensory Education
California Baby
Shampoo &
Bodywash
-Calming
Bubble Bath -
Overtired &
Cranky
California Baby Bath
Tote-All 7 flavors of
our aromatherapy
bubble baths
Little Twig Bubble Bath -
Happy-A lively
citrus-rosemaryscent
products -
apricot baby oil
Wee Mist -
All-natural nursery
room freshener in  
Lullaby Lavender
All the above including California Baby, Little Twig and many more natural brands sold here:
Made in Santa Cruz,
try the
TwinkleBaby
Aroma Blanket in a
dozen different colors!
California Baby
Calming Lotion
aromatherapy blend
includes
FrenchLavender