How to teach straw drinking…and amazing Mary!

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Thank you to Mary’s mama for allowing me to post these great pictures.  Mary is an amazing little girl…and I am blessed to have the opportunity to work with her and her great family.  When teaching straw drinking…I start off with the Honey Bear straw cup as seen above.  What is incredible about Mary is that when presented with the Honey Bear cup…on the very first presentation she was able to draw the liquid up the straw….at five months of age only….I am amazed.  Thanks again to Mary’s mama for allowing me to share…when Mary is able to drink four ounces from this cup on her own…we will then move to the first straw in the straw hierarchy.

About Kim

My name is Kim Marino and I have been practicing as a licensed speech and language pathologist since 1993. I work on Long Island providing diagnostic evaluations and services to children from birth to age 21. My experience is vast and am proud to say that I work with children that may present with articulation and phonological concerns, oral motor feeding concerns, Down Syndrome feeding, cognitive rehabilitation, auditory processing delays, receptive language delays, cleft palate feeding and sound development and expressive language delays. Most importantly, I am the mother of four amazing children and am happily married to my childhood sweetheart. I feel blessed to have my four children and so lucky to share this journey in life with my husband. I always had it somewhere in my head that I wanted to develop a blog or a website of some sort so that I could provide families with an additional resource....so that parents could help their little ones become a better communicator. And as I was developing this blog....I realized that I also needed to share the stories about my life and my children....and the funny things along the way that help to keep me smiling. Whether you are a working mother or not...finding balance between home, children and life can be a challenge....I hope that my blog helps to bring a smile to your face..and also some tools to help you help your little or big one. I hope you enjoy! Kim
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