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A Pediatric Perspective

Oral Motor Warm-Up
May 9, 2014 9:36 AM by Wendy Spoor-Hof
It is a well known fact that in order to get the most out of a workout it is important to first warm-up before you begin to exercise. A good warm-up will not just help prepare your body gradually for more strenuous exercise but will help to prevent injuries. Read More...
The Spit Cup for Picky Eaters
April 25, 2014 3:27 PM by Wendy Spoor-Hof
I realize I may have spoken about the "spit cup" before when discussing Picky Eaters but I feel it is worth repeating. It is a strategy that works very well when you have a child who is a picky eater with the ability to understand consequences and cause/effect Read More...
A Few Feeding Strategies for Picky Eaters
April 3, 2014 9:23 AM by Wendy Spoor-Hof
As I had mentioned a couple posts ago, I am going to share some of the feeding strategies I learned at the Feeding Seminar I attended a couple weekends ago. Although I was a little put off by some of the things that the SLP said, especially when it related Read More...
Feeding Intervention Strategies
March 21, 2014 10:36 AM by Wendy Spoor-Hof
I attended a workshop this past weekend on feeding intervention strategies for infants with special needs. It was offered by our local state education resource center. The person who was giving the talk was a SLP who has been working with children and Read More...
Picky Eater vs. Problem Eater – Some Questions Answered
December 19, 2013 9:14 AM by Wendy Spoor-Hof
I had mentioned in a previous blog that I would try and answer a few questions that may have crossed one's mind regarding picky eaters and problem eaters. If anyone has any other questions please don't hesitate to send me a message or leave a comment Read More...
Two Important Strategies that Work with Picky Eaters.
December 12, 2013 9:42 AM by Wendy Spoor-Hof
"Our patience will achieve more than our force." ~Edmund Burke "The strongest of all warriors are these two - Time and Patience." ~ Leo Tolstoy I know at the end of my blog last week I said I would try and answer some of the questions that may have arisen Read More...
Helping the Picky Eater One Change at a Time
December 2, 2013 9:09 AM by Wendy Spoor-Hof
Blogger's Note: When I was younger my Nana would always say "As you get older time will slip by much faster." I found it hard then to believe her because, come on, how could time go any faster? I had planned on having the next Feeding Strategy blog posted Read More...
Why Is My Child A Picky Eater?
November 14, 2013 1:56 PM by Wendy Spoor-Hof
"Pull up a chair. Take a taste. Come join us. Life is so endlessly delicious." - Ruth Reichl The holidays are right around the corner and along with them come all sorts of delicious holiday foods. For most of us this is a time of anticipation. What sides Read More...
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...
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...
Feeding - One Strategy That Doesn't Work in the Birth-to-Three population..
June 24, 2011 1:10 AM by Wendy Hof
In the past I have shared various strategies that work when it comes to children who have trouble eating. I've shared some sensory and strengthening strategies. I'm sure as I continue to write this blog I will share even more but today I wanted to do Read More...
Friday FYI - Feeding Workshops
March 18, 2011 1:44 AM by Wendy Hof
I thought I would take a moment or two today and share some feeding workshops I have found. If anyone knows of any really good workshops they've attended in the feeding/oral motor areas please share them. I know with the way the economy is there are quite Read More...
Feeding Issues and the Possible Non-Medical Causes ...
February 28, 2011 2:04 AM by Wendy Hof
So, we've ruled out any possible medical reasons that may cause a child not to eat. What we have to do now is go back to our list we made when we began playing detective and see what else could be going on. A few possibilities to keep in mind are: Sensory Read More...
Picky Eater - Playing Detective
January 28, 2011 1:30 AM by Wendy Hof
When you have a child who won't eat you go through a variety of emotions. Your basic desire as a parent is to be able to feed and nourish your child. To be able to watch them grow and develop typically, so when you have a child who won't eat you start Read More...
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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