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Easy Fourth of July Picnic Foods

Whether you celebrate in your backyard or at your favorite park for the firework display, you can keep your toddler engaged with these easy Fourth of July picnic foods. Straw Skewers: Kids love the novelty of eating foods off sticks, so consider using toothpicks, popsicle sticks and lollipop sticks. To liven up this fun activity even more, try using straws! [...]

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Fathers are Fantastic Feeders Too!

This Father’s Day lets applaud the other fantastic feeder in a child’s life…dad! Dads play a meaningful role in influencing their children’s food preferences and shaping their feeding routine. Studies show that if dad regularly eats meals with their family they feel more involved and responsible for the feeding, health and growth of their child. Let’s discover some ways dads [...]

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Introducing Green Beans to your Toddler’s Diet

This week we are celebrating green beans! This veggie is a great source of vitamins A, C, and K, plus folate and fiber. Green beans also have a little protein! If you want to introduce this mighty bean into your toddler’s diet, here are a few tips to help make it successful:Pick: There are only a few beans that your [...]

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Busting Feeding Myths

Our blab for Better Hearing and Speech Month (BHSM) was a huge hit! We had Melanie Potock, M.A, CCC-SLP on the ezpz Mealtime Show talking about feeding myths and busting them with research, ideas, techniques and fun! We talked about tips from her book Raising a Healthy Happy Eater and even gave our audience a peek at her new book Baby Self [...]

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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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