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Dawn Winkelmann, M.S, CCC-SLP
Speech Language Pathologist & Feeding Specialist for ezpz


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How to Introduce Beans to Your Baby

There are two main reasons why babies need solid food around 6 months of age: 1) mom's milk no longer meets baby’s need for iron and 2) at this stage babies stored iron supply starts to diminish. Since 6 months of age is the best time to start solid food introduction, and it’s the same time frame iron supplementation [...]

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Picky Vegetable Eaters

When you read this blog title you may have thought, “Of course kids are picky about veggies – is there another type of picky eater?” In fact, there is! A lot of children are picky protein eaters, which can affect their growth and development. Some kids are picky fruit eaters, and they miss out on essential vitamins and nutrients. [...]

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5 Tips for Organizing a Playroom

Keeping a playroom or therapy room clean and functional is time-consuming and overwhelming if you don’t have a plan. When I owned my brick and motor private practice for feeding and speech therapy, I had four playrooms that served hundreds of kids a week. Below I have captured the tips that kept me sane when the broken toys, food, [...]

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Play Mat Use – For Adults!

Toys aren’t just for kids anymore, and adult “play” plus alternate uses for toys has been growing in popularity for years. Have you seen any videos of parents trying to figure out how to use their kids’ toys...and failing? Or, perhaps an adult unboxing a toy or product and showing how to use these “toys” for uses around the [...]

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How to Introduce Onions to Your Toddler

Onions are hands down my favorite vegetable. The flavor of an onion brings mouthwatering yumminess to a meal. Unfortunately, many toddlers do not like onions and (as an example) they will happily eat their spaghetti but refuse to eat a diced onion in the sauce. Below are some tips that will help you introduce onions to your toddler. When [...]

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Developing Play

Did you know that play is a developmental milestone? There are several different stages of play that apply to different age ranges, and there are many ways to help facilitate play for children! On this blog entry I am going to help you understand the different play types and share innovative tips + products that help enrich play.Solitary Play (playing [...]

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Picky Dessert Eaters

Did the title of this blog surprise you? Is there really a child out there that refuses to eat dessert? Yes, there is! And being picky about candy can be just as devastating to the child + parent as picky eating about healthy foods. Learn why it’s important to help picky dessert eaters become more social!Social ramifications: As a feeding therapist, [...]

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Toddler Taco Bar

A DIY taco bar is a real treat for kids because it gives them some control around mealtime, which sets the groundwork for adventurous eating! Use these tips to make dinnertime successful with this child friendly taco bar station.Shells: Choose either soft tortillas (chewy) or hard shells (crunchy) depending on which type of texture your child enjoys more. You may want to [...]

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Indoor Sensory Play Activities for the Winter Months

During the winter kids are indoors more often, which can wreak havoc for parents trying to keep them occupied. For children with special needs or a Sensory Processing Disorder, time inside the home can be over-stimulating, which can cause such behaviors as fighting with siblings, refusing to eat and the inability to stay calm. Avoid behavior overload with these [...]

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