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Using ezpz products: Interview with Marsha Dunn Klein

Occupational Therapy (OT) Month began in 1980, and it is celebrated in April to correspond with the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) Annual Conference and Expo. To celebrate OT Month, I had the honor of interviewing Marsha Dunn Klein, M.ED., OTR/L, who is an authority in the field of feeding and swallowing therapy and co-author of my favorite feeding therapy [...]

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Feeding Challenges with Children with Autism

April is Autism Awareness Month and, to celebrate, we are discussing the unique feeding concerns parents have with children 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 [...]

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The #DitchTheTray Campaign

As a Speech Language Pathologist and Feeding Specialist, I have to observe the child and the entire family when it comes to feeding and eating. Three of the most important tips for successful and safe eating habits for children are: Positioning of the child in their feeding chairPlacement of the child in their feeding chairProducts the child uses for eating once [...]

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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. Use this month as an opportunity to rediscover your inner child by finger-painting, beading, coloring or drawing with your kids! By using the Play Mat, you can help your child learn to organize crafting materials in the compartments while maintaining the [...]

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March is Trisomy Awareness Month

March is Trisomy Awareness Month and we are celebrating by spreading education and understanding of feeding disorders with trisomy conditions. Trisomy occurs when a child has an extra full or partial chromosome, which may cause challenges with feeding and swallowing. It can occur with any chromosome, but let’s explore three of the most common: Trisomy 21, 18 and 13.Down syndrome: [...]

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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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Tips on Feeding A Child With Vision Impairments

Did you know that team ezpz hosts a blab every month? It’s called The ezpz Mealtime Show, and it is where parents and professionals share tips on feeding children who struggle to eat. Our latest blab topic was Tips on Feeding a Child with Visual Impairments. We had three amazing moms on the show that shared their personal stories of feeding [...]

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How to Introduce Chard to Toddlers

Chard is one of my go-to veggies because I get it in my CSA during the fall and at the farmer’s market from September to June! If you are unfamiliar with chard, chard tastes similar to spinach, and it is packed with vitamins A, C, K and iron. A lot of parents I work with in feeding therapy want [...]

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Strategies for Distracted Eaters

Toddlers can be easily distracted, especially during mealtime when they would rather be playing than learning about new foods. When children are distracted and not eating, the meal can quickly shift to a battle with arguing, negotiating and disciplining. In order to make mealtime more successful, here are some tips to help distracted eaters. In my experience [...]

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