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Picky Eaters – What Not To Do
November 22, 2013 8:46 AM by Wendy Spoor-Hof
When you have a child who does not want to eat you may be willing to try anything to get them to eat. You will no doubt run into friends and family members who have "done this" or "done that" and it has worked for them when their child was being picky. Read More...
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Being a Copy Cat Eater ...
November 28, 2011 1:16 AM by Wendy Hof
Parents will often ask me why is it that they child will eat things at daycare but not at home. It is a very valid question and one I wish I had the answer to. I found it to be true even with my own children. I would pick them up at the end of the day Read More...
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Easy as 1... 2... 3...
July 18, 2011 10:58 PM by Wendy Hof
When you are asking a young child to do something they really don't want to do, whether it is eating or sensory or even a time out, they will often start to fidget and whine after just a few quick moments. To a young child it is hard to tell the difference Read More...
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Exception(s) to the Rule - "force feeding"
July 6, 2011 10:03 PM by Wendy Hof
I should learn by now that one should not ever say "never" because there is almost always an exception (or two) to a statement that uses the world "never" in it. Such as I did in my last post. A OT who has had experience with individuals/young adults Read More...
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Dinner Time ~ Then and Now
January 19, 2011 1:18 AM by Wendy Hof
" As a child my family's menu consisted of two choices: take it or leave it." ~Buddy Hackett I can remember as a child sitting down to dinner and not being able to get up from our seats until everything on our plate was finished. We were often reminded Read More...
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Tuesday Tidbit - Nuk brush 2 ~ local sightings ~
March 9, 2010 8:52 PM by Wendy Hof
In an earlier blog post I had spoken about the usefulness of the Nuk Brush and listed several places that sell it. The sites I listed were therapy sites as that was the only place I have been able to find them. Until now, that is. Last Friday I was in Read More...
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2 Years and still a little clueless ..
February 21, 2010 10:15 PM by Wendy Hof
It's hard to believe it's been two years since I started writing this blog. I had read somewhere that the average blog life is about 18 months before the blog is abandoned. This is a long time to try and think of new and interesting things to share. I'm Read More...
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Tuesday Tidbits - Feeding & Oral Motor Classes
January 19, 2010 11:37 AM by Wendy Hof
With a new year upon us and with many of us having had to renew our licenses and/or certifications I thought it might be a good idea to share a list of classes in the area of feeding & oral motor to help with our CEU requirements. In the coming weeks Read More...
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Feeding Difficulties - Ability vs Motivation
November 18, 2009 11:49 PM by Wendy Hof
One of the most challenging things when it comes to working with a family who has a child who "won't eat" is figuring out how much of it may be due to the child's inability to eat (sensory problems, physical problems, processing disorders, etc) and how Read More...
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Tuesday Tidbit (tadbit tardy) - Finger Feeding help
November 3, 2009 11:14 PM by Wendy Hof
One of the challenges of working with toddlers and their independent self-feeding skills is that you are sometimes challenged to work with a toddler who doesn't have the skills to be independent but is at that age where they are striving to do it all Read More...
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Tuesday Tidbit - The Spit Cup
October 19, 2009 11:42 PM by Wendy Hof
When it comes to picky eaters one of the biggest challenges we have as therapists is getting the child to even taste something. There is, of course, an entire protocol to getting a sensory defensive child to allow food to be 1) in the room, 2) on the Read More...
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Rain, Rain ... go out and play ..
October 16, 2009 6:33 PM by Wendy Hof
It's been raining here for the past couple of days. Yesterday was a cold rain but today it was warmer and more of a drizzle. I have been off on vacation in the Lancaster, PA area with my sister and mom. We've been exploring, shopping and just having a Read More...
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One word: "support"
October 7, 2009 12:03 PM by Wendy Hof
No matter who you are or what you do I truly believe that the one word that can help each and everyone of us through the challenges we may face in our lives is the word "support". Think about it. When you are having a tough day, when everything seems Read More...
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Tuesday tidbit - the Nuk Brush.
September 13, 2009 11:57 PM by Wendy Hof
How many of you have used a Nuk brush when working with your pediatric patients? Do you use it just to "wake up" their mouths or do you use it in other ways as well? As I have gained experience in the pediatric area and especially the oral motor/feeding Read More...
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