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!

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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, Tips and Tricks

Feeding Week: Can I breastfeed my baby with Down syndrome?

In short  - Yes. Now to clarify -  I am not a lactation consultant. However, I have some resources if you are considering nursing your baby. My advice is personal - call and talk to the lactation consultant on the phone first. I needed help breast-feeding with my second son despite nursing my first (with a little… Continue reading Feeding Week: Can I breastfeed my baby with Down syndrome?

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

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

What to try Wednesday? A recessed lid cup available in stores!

Why am I so excited about a cup? In my never-ending quest to find alternatives to expensive therapy tools I happened upon this great cup by Playtex (Thanks Jen!). It's the Playtex Lil' Gripper Spoutless cup. I've tried it out over the last week with my patients 7 months to 3 years with Down syndrome and… Continue reading What to try Wednesday? A recessed lid cup available in stores!