Annabelle at 10 Months Eating Food and Yogurt Melts

Belle is continuing right along beautifully with her therapy. We have introduced Level 3 baby food to Belle, and she seems to be doing fine with the little chunks of food in it. She enjoys the comradery at our house at meal time with her big brother and sister. She also enjoys making a mess,… read more

Annabelle 9 Months Eating Fruit & Puffs and Continuing Oral Placement Therapy (OPT)

As Belle gets to be 9 months old, we are seeing progress in her therapy. She is getting more accustomed to her Oral Placement Therapy (OPT) and has even tried to help during the chomping exercises. She still fights me just a little, but we get right back on track and continue right along. She… read more

Annabelle 8 Months Continuing Oral Placement Therapy (OPT) and Eating Pureed Foods

Belle has been progressing nicely in her therapy program developed by TalkTools. This month we continued working on her Oral Placement Therapy (OPT) by introducing pureed foods. We like to start her with OPT to remind her of the basic instincts for eating and swallowing plus it stimulates and wakes up her jaws and mouth.… read more


Please find a great interview by Renee Roy Hill in preparation for the Annual International Technology & Persons with Disabilities Conference (CSUN).  Additional information about this conference can be found at the CSUN website.… read more

Annabelle 7 Months Continued use of Honey Bear and Oral Placement Therapy (OPT) Starts

At 7 months, Belle continued to be doing well. She was eating from her flattened spoon really consistently. She’s done fine with the Honey Bear but hasn’t advanced much, which happens to be mostly my fault. I typically was only getting a chance to work with her 5 times a week or so. Her tongue… read more

I Believe in You: Elizabeth Introduction

My name is Michele Gianetti and I am a mom to three wonderful children, gifts from God is what we call them.  But our second child Elizabeth is the one who changed our world the most.  She has special needs…specifically Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD) and dyspraxia.  Our family has been on quite the journey since… read more

Annabelle 6 Months Eating Pureed Foods

In continuation of her progress at 6 months, we introduced pureed foods to Belle. The trick was getting her used to a flattened spoon. We had her get the puree off the spoon and keep it in her mouth and then swallow. She did a good job. We are teaching Belle to chew and swallow… read more

What Evidence-Based, Oral Sensory-Motor Treatments are Effective for Speech Disorders?

NOTE:  This article has been reprinted with permission from Diane Bahr of Ages and Stage®, LLC and Robyn Merkel Walsh.   EVIDENCE-BASED PRACTICE (EBP) IN SPEECH-LANGUAGE PATHOLOGY Robyn Merkel-Walsh, MA, CCC-SLP & Diane Bahr, MS, CCC-SLP, CIMI According to the American Speech, Language, and Hearing Association (ASHA, 2005) “the term evidence-based practice [EBP] refers to… read more

Annabelle 6 Months Continued use of Honey Bear Bottle with a Flex Straw

Belle is now 6 months old and we have been working with the Honey Bear for over a month now. She is doing a fantastic job learning how to drink out of a straw and control her tongue and mouth. She has learned to close her mouth around the straw which has assisted her in… read more