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"Have you tried....?" and other frustrations when your child has feeding difficulties

Originally published on July 22, 2018. I have been thinking about this lately, as it is something I have been talking a lot about with a family I am working with. This post is by way of solidarity from your Speech and Language Therapist. I can't tell you how much time I spend talking to...

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Feeding your premature baby: Feeding is a complex skill

Originally published on July 16, 2018. Feeding is a very complex skill that is made up of several components: Suck Swallow Breathe Healthy term babies do a pretty good job of co-ordinating these skills, but it can take a while for them to hit their stride. So it is not wonder that...

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" She doesn't talk yet!" What's a Speech Therapist doing in the Neonatal Unit?

Originally published on July 9, 2018. One part of my job is working with premature and ill babies in our local Special Care Baby Unit. It's a role I particularly enjoy, because I've seen the difference it can make long-term to a child's feeding outcomes if Speech and Language Therapy is...

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Questions you have about feeding tubes but were afraid to ask.

Originally published on Feb. 9, 2018. I'm squeaking in at the end of feeding tube awareness week with a post for anyone who has ever wondered why children would have feeding tubes. My special area of interest is in working with children and families who are tube-dependent (in fact, I'm hoping...

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The Tactile System and your child's eating- What do I do? Using a desensitisation hierarchy

Originally published on Jan. 14, 2018. It can be difficult to identify when you're making progress with feeding therapy. A child eating a food can feel very far away when you are doing messy play sessions. One of the tools we use a lot in Speech Therapy is a desensitisation hierarchy. This...

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The Tactile System and your child's eating- What do I do? Stage 3

Originally published on Jan. 28, 2018. We're up to stage three of working on messy and food play as a way to work on introducing foods to your child with a significant sensory-based food difficulty. At this stage, we're looking to introduce wetter items that will have an element of...

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The Tactile System and your child's eating- What do I do? Messy and Exploratory Play, stage 2

Originally published on Jan. 21, 2018. Today's post is about how to support children to transition from dry messy play to wet messy play. Some children will be able to move straight to wet sensory and food items to play with, but for a lot of children, that transition is a difficult one. I...

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Things Your Speech Therapist Wants You to Know #4 You Don't Have to be a Superhero

Originally published on Jan. 10, 2018. There are many different types of people in the world, and your Speech Therapist is no exception. There are Speech Therapists who are very prescriptive and will give you long detailed programmes. There are creative Therapists whose activities are...

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The Tactile System and your child's eating- What do I do? Messy and Exploratory Play, stage 1

Originally published on Dec. 10, 2017. As a Speech Therapist working with children's eating, I spend a lot of time doing messy play. What's that got to do with supporting children to eat? Your hands and your mouth are closely related. It is very common for children who have an aversion to...

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Things Your Speech Therapist Wants You To Know #3 Who's On Your Feeding Team (And Why)?

Originally published on Dec. 6, 2017. The world of complex developmental and feeding needs can be a confusing one. Just why do I need this many people involved? What do they all do? Here's a quick guide to some of the people who might well be the main players on your team. You may well find...

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