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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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The Tactile System and your child's eating-What do I do? Tops tips for the feeding environment.

Originally published on Dec. 3, 2017 You may have read previous posts about the sensory systems, and what over- and under-sensitivity look like with regards to eating. And maybe you're thinking, 'yes, but so what?'. This post begins a series on practical things we can do to support children...

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Things We Love #5 Life with Greyson + Parker

Originally published on Nov. 28, 2017. One of the fantastic things about the internet is being able to find people in your 'tribe'. As a Speech and Language Therapist, I enjoy being able to hear from Parents who are going through similar things to the families I work with. It is reassuring...

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The Tactile System and your child's behaviour- Undersensitivity

Originally published on Nov. 26, 2017. Continuing our series of posts on the tactile system.... In our last post we talked about how an over-sensitivity to touch might show up in your child's behaviour. This time, we are looking at signs that may indicate that your child is under-sensitive...

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Things your Speech Therapist wants you to know #2 It's OK to cry in sessions (AKA We are aware you have emotions)

Originally published on Nov. 21, 2017. Working in the areas of Complex Needs and Feeding has been an emotional education for me. Until you work with people who are needing to recalibrate their lives in the face of overwhelming circumstance, whilst learning how to apply the advice of several...

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The Tactile System and Your Child's Behaviour- Oversensitivity

Originally published on Nov. 19, 2017. So, in my last post I explained a little about how the tactile system is structured. How do differences in the way your child processes touch sensation show up in their behaviour? Your child's sensory processing tendency may be towards over-sensitivity...

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Things Your Speech Therapist Wants You To Know #1 This is What Progress Looks Like

Originally published on Nov. 14, 2017. So many of the lessons I have learned working in the area of complex needs, communication and feeding therapy, are life lessons really. What a privilege and an education, that a family lets you learn these lessons with them and from them, and then in...

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The Touch Processing System

Originally published on Nov. 12, 2017. This article will be looking at the touch processing system in a bit of detail. If you're anything like me, you like to know why something works before you'll do it. So this introduction to the touch system will give the background to future articles...

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Things We Love #4 'We Speak PODD'

Originally published on Nov. 7, 2017. Today I am wandering away from feeding to talk about communication (yes, I do work on that too!). This week's 'Thing We Love', or more accurately, 'People We Love' is the Facebook page and Youtube Channel, 'We Speak PODD'. For anyone unfamiliar, PODD...

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