Family, Oral-Motor & Feeding, Speech & Language, Uncategorized

A One Word New Year

Recently I read an article on SheLoves Magazine about the concept of a One Word New Year. Lose the list of resolutions and embrace where you are right now. Pick a word to guide you the next 365 days. That's the idea of a One Word New Year. This year the word for Talk-DS.org is Nourish.… Continue reading A One Word New Year

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Birth to Three, Oral-Motor & Feeding, Tips and Tricks, Uncategorized

Open cup drinking 101 (and tips for the sippy)

I've revamped another post, this time on open cup drinking. What exactly is open cup drinking? Plain and simple, drinking from a regular cup - no fancy bells or whistles, not a sippy cup or straw. What should I expect when first introducing a cup to my child with Down syndrome? Learning to drink depends on… Continue reading Open cup drinking 101 (and tips for the sippy)

Oral-Motor & Feeding, Tips and Tricks, Uncategorized

Bottle Feeding a Baby with Down Syndrome

I've decided to update a post I originally wrote in September 2010. Since then I've seen more than 200 children with DS for feeding evaluations. Aside from some wrinkles and a few extra-pounds, I've gained great experience - especially from our occupational therapist/feeding specialist Krystin Turner. When assessing feeding in infants with Down syndrome I first listen to the… Continue reading Bottle Feeding a Baby with Down Syndrome

Ages and Stages, Birth to Three, Elementary, Oral-Motor & Feeding

An Overview of Feeding and Swallowing Disorder in Children

The American Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA) oversees professional competencies in the fields of speech-language pathology and audiology. ASHA has many wonderful resources including these on feeding: http://www.asha.org/public/speech/swallowing/feeding-and-swallowing-disorders-in-children/ If you prefer a slide show format you can click here: ASHA Feeding and Swallowing Problems in Children

Birth to Three, Oral-Motor & Feeding, Tips and Tricks, Uncategorized

Does low-tone mean my infant will have feeding problems?

Since my post on pre-feeding exercises I’ve had some really good questions. What do you do for tongue thrust? What about drooling? How do you address low-tone and feeding? Exercises? I want to take time and answer all of these, but today I will focus on low-tone, feeding, and children with DS. First, it is… Continue reading Does low-tone mean my infant will have feeding problems?