Ages and Stages, Therapy Tools, Tips and Tricks, Uncategorized

Will it work? How to choose a product/program for your child with Down syndrome

Before we go a further into feeding & children with DS, I’d like to pause with this post on how to figure out if a specific treatment is best for your child. Let’s say you walk into your SLP's office and they are really excited about a continuing education course they’ve recently attended. They tell… Continue reading Will it work? How to choose a product/program for your child with Down syndrome

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

Pre-feeding Exercises for Children with DS: A must?

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?

Ages and Stages, Birth to Three, Therapy Tools, Tips and Tricks

Baby Benches: How Sitting Helps a Child Walk and DIY Benches!

Today I interviewed Abbey Kent, PT, DPT. Abbey is the physical therapist in the Jane & Richard Thomas Center for Down Syndrome at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. I am lucky enough to work with her daily and learn from her expertise! Abbey, I’ve often heard you recommend using a small bench to work on… Continue reading Baby Benches: How Sitting Helps a Child Walk and DIY Benches!

Ages and Stages, Hearing, Therapy Tools, Tips and Tricks, Uncategorized

Wondering how to choose toys for your child with Down syndrome?

Choosing toys for any child can be overwhelming this time of year. Many parents have asked, "If I'm going to buy toys anyway...which ones are the most therapeutic?" Parents are looking for toys that are developmentally appropriate, durable, and fun. Fortunately the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) just posted a great link regarding toy selection: AOTA Toy… Continue reading Wondering how to choose toys for your child with Down syndrome?

Ages and Stages, Therapy Activities, Therapy Tools, Uncategorized

2012 Gift Guide (Just in time for Black Friday!)

Our team members are frequently asked what kinds of toys we suggest for children with Down syndrome. This year we have new items and a few classics from past lists. We are always interested in making sure the toys/items: Are engaging/interesting Target specific goals related to common therapy objectives Not too annoying (limited bells and… Continue reading 2012 Gift Guide (Just in time for Black Friday!)