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)

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Family, Siblings, Uncategorized

3 Truths for 3/21: Fallacy, Fact, and Photo

[Fallacy: "Focusing on one syndrome [professionally] must be incredibly monotonous." (I've honestly heard this comment) Fact: Au contraire!  More varied than you can imagine, it has been the best experience of my career. Photo: The first person I met with Down syndrome. My sister April Joy, on the day she came home from the hospital, April 1988 Thanks to Meriah Nichol's… Continue reading 3 Truths for 3/21: Fallacy, Fact, and Photo

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

Birth to Three, Oral-Motor & Feeding, Tips and Tricks, Uncategorized

Does low-tone mean my infant will have feeding problems?

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?

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!