Monthly Archives: May 2012

Massage exercises to help children with Down Syndrome

The massage exercises below are suggested to be done as pre-feeding exercises.  Performing these pre-feeding exercises will help your little one with Down Syndrome.   Massage: Using your hands or the textured sensory bean bags offered by www.talktools.com The following exercises should be … Continue reading

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Questions and Answers:

Questions and Answers:   A mama on FB sent me a request to help her little one with his overall feeding concerns…my first request always is for the mama to send me a five day baseline diet.  This way I can … Continue reading

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Is being a mother worth it?

    Sometimes…on the tough days…I wish I had fish instead of my four beautiful children…it is usually on the days that my heart is aching for one of them…whether it be a broken heart….a dissappointed soccer player…my little man … Continue reading

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What to make for dinner?!

  WALK-AROUND TACOS!   My Andrew…at the beach last summer 2011…calls this his SIT-BACK-LAY-BACK I was watching the food network the other night…and they were talking about a festival in West Virginia…and a group of high school students were selling … Continue reading

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Chewing Hierarchy Level Number 3 for children with Down Syndrome

Once again thank you to Lori Overland for sharing her knowledge and information…I have taken many of her classes offered through www.talktools.com.  So a very big thank you to her for helping me to help so many children and mamas! … Continue reading

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How to make your own Honey Bear Straw Cup

    When working with children presenting with Down Syndrome….it is important that I work on straw drinking as soon as possible…..the Honey Bear straw cup offered through www.talktools.com is the straw cup that I use in order to teach … Continue reading

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Improving upper lip mobility and strength in children with Down Syndrome

 Upper lip mobility:  (strength and mobility is especially important for clearing the maroon spoon using the side-ways presentation…maroon spoons found on www.talktools.com.   Side-ways presentation should be the model you use when feeding your little one with Down Syndrome…please read on my … Continue reading

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How to teach the R sound

I wanted to dedicate this post to a little girl I have been working with since last September of 2010…we have been working the R sound…and many other sounds to improve her overall intelligibility.  She works very hard during therapy….and I am … Continue reading

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Palatal Massage in children with Down Syndrome

The importance of palatal massage in children with Down Syndrome: I am re-posting this exercise due to the importance of it in maintaining the shape of the palate in children with Down Syndrome.  I am excited to say that a … Continue reading

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What is object permanence?

      Object permanence is your little one’s ability to realize that objects exist even when the object is not seen or heard.  For little ones under six months of age….games such as peek-a-boo can be very exciting and motivating…because as … Continue reading

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