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Celery Snacks for Toddlers

When we think of eating celery, we usually think of dieting, which makes celery not much fun! It’s true; celery is incredibly low in calories, and parents who struggle with putting weight on their kids (due to feeding challenges) usually skip right over celery. But this crunchy veggie offers a variety of ways to present nutritionally packed meals and [...]

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Better Hearing & Speech Month and the Happy Mat

I’m always excited for the month of May because it is Better Hearing and Speech Month (BHSM)! This gives me the opportunity to share my profession with the public while raising awareness of how Speech Language Pathologists (SLP) provide life-altering treatment for communication, feeding and swallowing disorders. Since most of the public does not understand the scope of our practice [...]

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Celiac Awareness Month

Celiac Awareness Month is celebrated in May each year to educate the public about the seriousness of this disease, especially in children. This topic is near and dear to my heart since my nephew has celiac disease and I went gluten free (GF) several years ago to support him, not realizing it would actually make me feel better too!Celiac disease [...]

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Interview with Marsha Dunn Klein

To celebrate Occupational Therapy Month, I had the honor of interviewing Marsha Dunn Klein, M.ED., OTR/L, who is an authority in the field of feeding therapy and co-author of my favorite feeding therapy book Pre-Feeding Skills. (You can order the book on Marsha’s website under the title: ‘Professional Favorite Products’).I interviewed Marsha on our favorite video platform, blab.im (https://blab.im/) with the [...]

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Feeding Challenges with Children with Autism

April is Autism Awareness Month and we are discussing the unique feeding concerns parents have with their child with Autism.Research shows that children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) are more likely to have feeding challenges than their typical peers. When working with these kiddos and their families in feeding therapy, I often discover that a child’s severe feeding [...]

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Ditch The Tray Campaign

As a Speech Language Pathologist and Feeding Specialist, I have to observe the child as well as the entire family when it comes to feeding and eating. Three of the most important tips for successful eating habits for children are the: Positioning of the child in their feeding chairPlacement of the child (with or without the family) at mealtimeProducts [...]

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Feeding Tips for Children with Down Syndrome

Our Blab show this month, titled “Feeding Tips for Children with Down Syndrome,” was both fun and informative! To celebrate Trisomy Awareness Month, I interviewed three moms on the feeding struggles with this population. We discussed picky-eating issues, advancing to new food textures, drinking from an open cup or straw and feeding tips that really work! In case you [...]

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Crafting with Toddlers

March is National Craft Month and there are so many creative and educational projects to do with your toddlers! By using the Play Mat you can organize crafting materials in the compartments while maintaining the mess on the mat. It makes for ezpz set-up and cleanup! Here are a few tips on getting your crafting party started.Perks: Crafting has so [...]

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March is Trisomy Awareness Month

March is a special time for team ezpz since it is Trisomy Awareness Month. We love celebrating with the children and families we serve and love! On this week’s blog, I want to raise awareness about trisomy conditions and the challenges it may cause with feeding and swallowing issues.Trisomy occurs when a child has an extra full or partial chromosome. [...]

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Toddler Taste Challenge: Green Foods

Since March is National Nutrition Month and St. Patrick’s Day is right around the corner, this is a great time to focus on new green tastes! Not surprisingly, green is a color that toddlers tend to shy away from when introducing new foods and it’s usually the color that parents want their kids to eat the most of. Thus, [...]

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