Elementary, Jr. & Sr. High, Speech & Language, Therapy Activities, Therapy Tools, Tips and Tricks, Uncategorized

31 for 21: Therapy Thursday (and a FREE download!)

It’s been a long time since I’ve posted a therapy activity. I love playing the game Hedbanz with my school-age children with DS. For those of you who’ve never played Hedbanz, it’s like 20 questions. Each player wears a crown-like headband and draws a picture card. Each  card has a simple drawing on one side… Continue reading 31 for 21: Therapy Thursday (and a FREE download!)

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Speech & Language, Therapy Tools, Tips and Tricks, Uncategorized

Is Speech-Language Therapy a Cure for Kids with DS?

Confession - I used that title to suck you into this post, but for good reason. I will answer the question...perhaps in a way you may not expect. Recently someone recommended that I read Communicating Partners, by James MacDonald (AKA Dr. Jim), so I packed it as beach reading for vacation. I really like the book… Continue reading Is Speech-Language Therapy a Cure for Kids with DS?

Speech & Language, Tips and Tricks, Uncategorized

Motivating your child with Down syndrome to talk

Children need motivation. Especially children with Down syndrome who have speech or language disorders. Internal motivation is difficult enough for those of us without language-learning difficulties. This is why support groups for dieters are so successful. How do we encourage or motivate a child with Down syndrome to talk more? How can we help them make… Continue reading Motivating your child with Down syndrome to talk

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