Ages and Stages, Birth to Three, Oral-Motor & Feeding, Therapy Tools, Uncategorized

Finally! An “open” cup available in the US – and in stores

Sassy has just released their Grow Up Cup! It's similar to the Amadeus 360 available in the UK. You may have worked with a feeding specialist who really wants your child to use an open cup. You nod politely and watch patiently as your baby bites on the rim, gets juice everywhere, and finishes her… Continue reading Finally! An “open” cup available in the US – and in stores

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Ages and Stages, Oral-Motor & Feeding, Speech & Language, Uncategorized

Reaching for the STARs: Speech Therapy And Research working together

I will be traveling to San Antonio, TX this weekend for the National Down Syndrome Congress 2011 Convention. Please join me on Sunday at noon for  90 minutes devoted to speech clarity and children with Down syndrome. Discussion will include up-to-date research overviews specific to the quality of speech in children with DS, popular treatment methods… Continue reading Reaching for the STARs: Speech Therapy And Research working together

Birth to Three, Oral-Motor & Feeding

31 for 21: Textured spoons found locally!

Yay! I've found another item to add to my “If you like (insert therapy product), then try this item!” list. Sometimes feeding therapists will recommend a textured spoon in order to help with transition to spoon-feeding for children with oral sensory needs. A textured spoon provides: Increased stimulation to the tongue when eating A small bowl… Continue reading 31 for 21: Textured spoons found locally!

Birth to Three, Oral-Motor & Feeding, Speech & Language, Therapy Activities, Therapy Tools

Feeding Week: These are a few of my favorite (feeding) things!

I'm frequently asked to recommend feeding or oral-motor products for babies with Down syndrome. So I'm creating a list of my favs! Notice this isn't a list of must-haves; rather, it is meant as a resource of options. Maroon spoons - these are widely used for working with children who have problems such as poor lip closure,… Continue reading Feeding Week: These are a few of my favorite (feeding) things!