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  • Friday FYI - Feeding Workshops

    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 a few companies that have cut back on their budget for continued education.  ...
    Posted to A Pediatric Perspective (Weblog) on March 18, 2011
  • Picky Eater - Playing Detective

    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 to feel frustrated and there are even times you may start to feel like you ...
    Posted to A Pediatric Perspective (Weblog) on January 28, 2011
  • Dinner Time ~ Then and Now

    ''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 of the starving children in the world who would gladly eat what we were ...
    Posted to A Pediatric Perspective (Weblog) on January 19, 2011
  • Tuesday Tidbit - Nuk brush 2 ~ local sightings ~

    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 a local Toys R Us store, browsing the aisles on my way to the play-doh ...
    Posted to A Pediatric Perspective (Weblog) on March 9, 2010
  • 2 Years and still a little clueless ..

    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 lucky though, I love my job and I love writing.  I feel I am ...
    Posted to A Pediatric Perspective (Weblog) on February 21, 2010
  • Tuesday Tidbits - Feeding & Oral Motor Classes

    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 and months I will share classes in other areas as well (sensory, NDT, behavioral, ...
    Posted to A Pediatric Perspective (Weblog) on January 19, 2010
  • Feeding Difficulties - Ability vs Motivation

    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 much may be due to the child's lack of motivation to eat.  The former is much easier to ...
    Posted to A Pediatric Perspective (Weblog) on November 18, 2009
  • Tuesday Tidbit - The Spit Cup

    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 table, 3) on their plate, 4) on their spoon/fork, 5) near their mouth, 6) in their ...
    Posted to A Pediatric Perspective (Weblog) on October 19, 2009
  • Tuesday tidbit - the Nuk Brush.

    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 challenges I have found that the Nuk Brush is a very versitile tool.  Let me ...
    Posted to A Pediatric Perspective (Weblog) on September 13, 2009