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Happy Feeding,

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

Photo Credit: Paul Joyner Photo


Dawn Winkelmann, M.S, CCC-SLP

Speech Language Pathologist & Feeding Specialist for ezpz

Dawn Winkelmann, a.k.a “Ms. Dawn”, has treated thousands of kids across the globe by helping families overcome picky eating stages and food refusals, while adding new foods into their diet. Her high success rate is attributed to Ms. Dawn bringing her education, experience, sense of humor and her favorite feeding products to the family dinner table.

You will find Ms. Dawn’s expert feeding advice to be positive and fun for the entire family! She adapts complicated feeding/swallowing research and makes it practical and easy for parents! Get ready to learn the science behind your favorite feeding products and ways to bring happy family mealtimes back!

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Feeding a Genius

Sometimes parents tell me that their child is a ‘genius’ because they have figured out how to pull up the ezpz mat. They are concerned because they want their child to gain the sensory and developmental benefits from eating out of our products (and not to mention less mess!). Here are some tips for parents and therapists to try to [...]

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Reading + Feeding Activities for International Literacy Day

International Literacy Day is celebrated each year on September 8th in the hopes of highlighting global literacy needs. Planning reading (and feeding) activities with your kids on this special day can help increase literacy around the world…starting in your home!If you have a child that struggles with trying new foods at mealtime, reading activities can [...]

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How To Do Simple Food Art

Making cute food art is a technique feeding therapists use to encourage children to engage with healthy foods. When kids are having fun with whimsical food art, they are learning to interact with that food at a sensory level. But you don’t need to be in feeding therapy to use this strategy. I’m sharing my four-step program for making [...]

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Are You Feeding Baby Too Early?

Sometimes families are excited to start baby on solids and they accidentally start too early (without knowing some of the risks). I have worked with numerous families in feeding therapy that fed their baby early (at 3-5 months of age) and, unfortunately, this resulted in choking episodes or outright food refusal. To avoid these risks, let’s explore the signals you need to [...]

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Ice Activities for Summer

Summer is here and parents need some fun ideas to keep the kids entertained and cool during these hot months. If you want a summer alternative to packing up the kids and heading to the pool or beach, then you will love these simple homemade frozen activities.    Frozen Watercolor Painting: Is your child a budding artist or just [...]

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How to Introduce Watermelon

Introducing new fruits to your child is a time of wonder and fun. What new fruit screams summertime? Watermelon, of course! Here are some ideas for trying this colorful fruit with your littles.Infants: In the feeding world, most would recommend introducing melons a little later than the 6-month mark (when we recommend starting solids). However, in some cultures they use [...]

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Feeding Milestone: The Pincer Grasp

As a parent, you may have heard about helping your infant / toddler develop their pincer grasp, but what does that really mean? How can you improve this developmental milestone? And what does a pincer grasp have to do with feeding? I will answer all of those questions and give you some ways to improve your child’s fine motor [...]

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Tips to Avoid Choking

When parents and professionals find out that I’m a fan of Baby Led Weaning (BLW), the first question they ask about is about choking. But fears about choking can be calmed! By understanding how children choke, parents can learn how to reduce the risks. Here are a few of my favorite tips to avoid choking.Observation: It is important to supervise [...]

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Avoiding Food Jags

In my clinical experience of working with families who have toddlers, I see parents struggle with encouraging their kids to try new foods. It’s easy for parents to get into a rut of serving the same foods. And it’s even easier for toddlers to join them in the rut by refusing to eat anything outside of their preferred meals. [...]

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