I am asked frequently, "When should my child start speech therapy?" This is a great question! Usually parents are asking, "Is my child old enough to improve how they sound when they talk?" Many times infants or young children with Down syndrome (DS) will start language therapy at before speech therapy. There is a difference… Continue reading When to Start Speech Therapy for Children with Down Syndrome
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)
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?
In response to the many recent blog posts on the topic, I’ve decided to chime in with a series on oral-motor therapy, feeding, and DS. We’re going to start with the basics, move into myths I’ve read online, and finish up with what really works! So what are pre-feeding exercises? Pre-feeding exercises are activities the parent or caregiver… Continue reading Pre-feeding Exercises for Children with DS: A must?