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
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)
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
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
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?