Feeding Therapy Techniques to Try At Home
When evaluating new clients, I often hear kids described as “picky eaters” or mealtimes that sound like a battle zone. Feeding difficulties can be a challenging and frustrating experience for both children and parents. Children with feeding difficulties may have trouble swallowing, chewing, using utensils, managing appropriate amounts of food in their mouth, gaining weight,…Read More
Feeding Treatment: A Team Approach
For treating babies that require feeding therapy, there are no cases that are similar. That’s why it’s important to have a technique that uses multiple perspectives to both evaluate and treat each case. This is exactly what has been initiated at PediaSpeech recently. Jennifer McCullough M.S. CCC-SLP and Julia Marvil M.S. OTR/L have begun implementing…Read More
5 Tips to Thrive in Virtual School
Can you believe it’s already time to go back to school? While school looks very different this year, it is possible to make the most of it and learn from your own home with these sensory friendly tips. 1. Set up a “school” area with multiple seating options It will be important for kids to…Read More
Toe Walking: What Can I Do to Fix it?
Toe walking occurs for various reasons which could involve children with Autism who seek certain sensory input or can be caused by spasticity in the calf muscles in children with Cerebral Palsy (CP). Toe walking is often overlooked, however, it needs to be addressed due to the physical limitations the can come from it. Is…Read More
What’s the deal With Weighted Blankets?
Weighted blankets are growing in popularity. They claim to reduce anxiety, stress, sleep disorders, sensory disorders, ADD, and the list goes on. So do they really work? The answer is not as simple as ‘yes’ or ‘no.’ It truly depends on each individual’s sensory needs. What is the science behind weighted blankets? Weighted blankets provide…Read More
How to Help My Struggling Reader: The Orton-Gillingham Approach
By: Jennifer McCullough M.S. CCC-SLPLate one night, I found my 9-year old daughter hiding under her covers with a flashlight reading “one last chapter”. Though I scolded her to turn her light off and go to bed, I went away smiling. She has what I call the “reading bug” and I count my lucky stars. …Read More
Late Bloomer or Language Problem??
Happy New Year from PediaSpeech! We are excited about the start of 2013! Many parents ask themselves this question, is my child just a late bloomer, late talker, or is there an actual language problem. Check out this article from the American Speech-Language Hearing Association to see if this qualifies for your little one. Late…Read More
Happy Holidays from PediaSpeech!
HAPPY HOLIDAYS! The Holidays are here so PediaSpeech has put together some items you can add to your children’s Holiday Gift List!Some ideas from our Speech Therapists:Ages 15 months – 3 yo To work on: Cause & effect, Appropriate play skills, Following directions (e.g., in and out), Identifying/naming common pictures, Pretend play Fisher Price —Little…Read More
How can we help our children?
Carly Morris is currently reading this book and has found a lot of very useful information in relation to our profession and raising children. This book provides information regarding executive functioning, early intervention and promoting parent/child socioemotional development. This book focuses on children’s character vs. cognition to achieve success. Teaching children skills such as executive…Read More
Apraxia-The Story of the Tarpley family
APRAXIA. What does that mean?Childhood Apraxia of Speech (CAS) is a motor speech disorder. Children with CAS have great difficulty planning and producing the precise, highly refined and specific series of movements of the speech mechanism . Most children who are diagnosed with CAS have receptive (or understanding) skills within normal limits. These children perform…Read More