Ages and Stages, Speech & Language, Therapy Activities

Teaching children with Down syndrome to ask questions

Since attending the Down syndrome Educational International Conference in Cleveland, Ohio I’ve been thinking a lot about the way we [speech pathologists] teach children to communicate. One of the things I’ve noticed is we tend to teach statements instead of questions. For instance, what is one of the first phrases help children with DS learn?… Continue reading Teaching children with Down syndrome to ask questions

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!

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

Feeding Week: How to choose a bottle nipple for your baby

I have decided to do a week focused on the "most frequently asked questions" related to feeding. Today - "How to choose a bottle nipple for your baby." For a nice overview on feeding and children with Down syndrome please watch Feeding and Swallowing in Children with Down Syndrome from Children's Hospital of Boston. I am… Continue reading Feeding Week: How to choose a bottle nipple for your baby

Ages and Stages, Family, Speech & Language

Do you ever worry, “Am I doing enough?”

If you are a parent (period) then you will worry at some point, "Am I doing the right thing about ________?" Worries may compound when you add a diagnosis, any diagnosis, to the mix. And frankly, sometimes therapists make parents worry MORE. (Sorry!) Some questions you might ask are: Am I using the right cup? Should… Continue reading Do you ever worry, “Am I doing enough?”