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

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Ages and Stages, Birth to Three, Elementary, Oral-Motor & Feeding

An Overview of Feeding and Swallowing Disorder in Children

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

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

NDSC Convention Handouts: Down syndrome and Feeding Session

As promised at NDSC's AMAZING 2012 convention in Washington, DC...handouts from "Fantastic Feeders." Krystin and I would like to thank all of the attendees, both in person and online, for your encouragement and positive feedback. Fantastic Feeders, NDSC Convention 2012 Developmental Daily Food Guide If you are interested in watching the presentation online NDSC recorded our session… Continue reading NDSC Convention Handouts: Down syndrome and Feeding Session