1. Be sure the person is sitting upright.

  2. Alternate solids with sips of liquids.

  3. Make foods more liquid as you feed—for example, add extra milk to mashed potatoes.

  4. Gently coach the person through feedings: “Okay, open your mouth…now close…now chew…swallow…”

  5. Try touching the person’s chin or cheek as a gentle way to stimulate chewing.