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
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
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?
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?
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