Why Every SLP Needs to Understand Dysphagia

by: Dr. Jennifer Jones, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, BCS-S As a Board Certified Swallowing Specialist,  I am asked on a regular basis about why other therapists, nurses, physicians and general population need to know more about dysphagia and the symptoms. Dysphagia is a growing health problem in the United States and the prevalence will increase significantly over… read more

Elizabeth: Interning in Advocacy

I left everyone last month by saying that Elizabeth was going to school!  What an accomplishment for her and her strength. Yes our little Elizabeth is in school.  Everyday of every week she is in school.  She has a great intervention teacher and a very nice inclusion teacher.  The inclusion teacher is the one who… read more

Annabelle 17 Months: Attending a Course and Improving Her Exercises

I recently attended the “Three-Part Treatment Plan for Oral Placement Therapy” and it was great. Monica was the presenter and I really learned a lot. It helped to show me what exercises and goals we will continue to progress towards. I know that bell has a long way to go, but being in a routine… read more

Early Oral-Motor Interventions for Pediatric Feeding Problems: What, When and How

Early Oral-Motor Interventions for Pediatric Feeding Problems: What, When and How Cecilia J. Manno, Catherine Fox, Peggy S. Eicher and MaryLouise E. Kerwin Abstract Children with developmental delays often have feeding difficulties resulting from oral-motor problems. Based on both clinical experience and a review of published studies, oral-motor interventions have been shown to be effective… read more

Ask a Therapist: Jaw Stability Protocol for Severe Underbite

Hi Therapists, What do I do for a 19 year old student with a severe underbite (a gap of ½ inch between top and bottom teeth) when trying to use the jaw stability protocol? Thank you Dear Reader, I received your question regarding your client and their dental structure. My name is Monica Purdy and… read more

Ask a Therapist: Proper Tongue Elevation & Retraction

Dear Therapists I need advice please! I am seeing a 5 year old child with severe childhood apraxia of speech together with dysarthria (specifically weakness of tongue and lips). So far his lip strength and movement has improved a lot, but i am really struggling with his tongue. He can protrude his tongue beautifully, retraction… read more

Elizabeth: Stepping Out of the Oasis and Back into Life

It is funny or maybe not funny, but ironic that with a special needs child all the things you have in place and are working one minute can become things that need changed and adjusted the very next. I know the same can be said for life with typical developing children as I have two also, but the… read more

Annabelle 16 Months: Self-Feeding and Getting Chatty

  Earlier this month Annabelle was spitting out almost all of her food. It was extremely frustrating, to say the least. We knew that she needed all the calories that she could get because she is still a pretty tiny little thing.  In addition, we knew that she had created a horrible eating pattern of pushing food… read more

Some Great Blog Posts on Pediatric Feeding

Follow the link below to read 5 of 2014’s best blog posts on feeding. Topics range from “stepping away from the Sippy Cup” to the “Medical Side of Pediatric Feeding”   Interested in learning more about Feeding Therapy? Keep an eye on our workshop schedule for one of Lori Overland’s Feeding Therapy: A Sensory Motor… read more