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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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 – Special Toys for Special Kids
December 7, 2010 11:23 PM by Wendy Hof
" Whoever said money can't buy happiness simply didn't know where to go shopping. " ~Bo Derek It's that time of year again. Time to find that "perfect" gift for the ones we love. When it comes to the children we love who have special needs this can be Read More...
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The Right Tool for the Job
March 23, 2010 9:09 AM by Wendy Hof
If you were making a bird house using nails and plywood would you use a typical claw hammer or a sledge hammer? I'm hoping you said typical claw hammer. :) It goes without saying that no matter what we may be working on we need to make sure we use the 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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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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Learning to Use a Straw - Honey Bear Cup vs Juice Box
September 2, 2009 11:17 PM by Wendy Hof
One of the things that interested me the most about becoming an Occupational Therapist was that we could look outside the box when it came to figuring out how to help the people we worked with. I loved how OT's are considered to be creative and innoventive Read More...
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