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How to Introduce Beans to Your Baby

There are two main reasons why babies should be introduced to solid food around 6 months of age: 1) a baby's stored iron supply starts to diminish at this time and 2) most medical experts recommend starting solids at 6 months. Since iron supplementation is needed at this age, beans are one of the best first foods for [...]

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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 to introduce: [...]

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Developing Play

Do 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. Here are some guidelines to help you understand the different play types plus some product + tips to enrich play!Solitary Play (playing alone): 0-2 years of ageDuring [...]

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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 with 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 Ideas 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 or an inability to stay calm. Avoid behavior overload with these indoor [...]

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How to Introduce an Orange to your Toddler

Oranges have powerful antioxidants that can ward off illness and keep your family healthy this winter. Have you tried offering oranges to your child and they refuse to eat it? This may be due to the type of orange you used. As an example, you may have chosen an orange that is too tart. Or, it may have been [...]

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