Part 1: Our Lip & Tongue Tie Journey
I’d like to believe I’m a breast feeding pro since I nursed my first kiddo for 13 months… but apparently the first time I did it all wrong. If only I knew then what I know now… I experienced 13 months of painful breast feeding. I was stubborn and determined to make it to a
From the Mother of Child with Picky Eating/Problem Feeding and/or Sensory Challenges: A Letter For the Host on the Holidays
As a Pediatric Speech Language Pathologist who specializes in feeding and treats children from both a sensori-motor standpoint, I have compiled a letter that you might find useful for the upcoming holidays. In the past, this has been a VERY stressful time for some of our families. We’ve always suggested drafting a letter to
Should I let my child suck their thumb? 3 Myth’s you need to be aware of now.
The first question I always ask is, how old is your child? Children learn to suck their thumb in utero and some will continue to suck their thumb to soothe themselves outside the womb as well. My own daughter did this and I have a sonogram video in utero and another video in her first
How To Get Ready For the Fireworks
This week we are focusing on social stories, or as I like to refer to them, picture guides. Social stories or picture guides are a way of teaching any child the feelings behind a new skill, activity or life experience. For example, we often make social stories to help children learn what they can do with
Throwing out the breakfast, lunch and dinner labels
What would you do if I told you to stop using the terms breakfast, lunch and dinner? Most parents look at me with confused expressions when I suggest this. Once you hear why, you will hopefully agree that this seemingly crazy idea is not so crazy! If you have a picky eater or problem
TV Episode: Encouraging Language Through Play
I created this video for you to show you how I work with Lily on her speech and language skills. Now, please know…I do not do this ON PURPOSE all the time. It just happens naturally in my interactions with her since this is what I do for a living! In this video you will
Don’t cut out the snacks!
It is a MYTH that children only need to eat 3 times a day. In fact, they should eat twice that much! Six times a day would be ideal. I can’t tell you how many “trainings” or blogs with advice to just “cut out the snacks” exist out there. No No No!!!!!! After 16-18 months
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Routines are for everyone
Children need routine. They thrive on routine. All children. Not just children with special needs. Take my own child as an example. She is a typically developing 17-month-old. That doesn’t mean she is exempt from benefiting from routines. Why? It’s simple. Routines make life predictable. Now consider a child with no verbal communication and limited
How Long Will My Child Need Speech Therapy?
This is a common question that most parents ask when preparing to start their child in speech, language and/or feeding therapy. And my answer is always the same, “it depends on various factors.” As a parent, this seemingly ambiguous response is frustrating! I get that. But please understand this is the hardest question for