Teaming Up to Correct Tongue Tie

By Robyn Merkel-Walsh Bobby, age 34 months, was brought to my office for a history of feeding issues. At birth he could not latch on to the bottle, and had to be spoon-fed formula, because his suck was too weak. His pediatrician recognized that he was tongue-tied—he had ankyloglossia—but two consulting otolaryngologists determined that surgery

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HOW TO IMPROVE YOUR CHILD’S FINE MOTOR SKILLS WITH SIMPLE MATERIALS (that you probably have in your home)

What is a FINE MOTOR SKILL?? – holding a pencil, coloring – cutting with scissors – manipulating play-doh – getting dressed (including zippers, buttons, belts, snaps) – using utensils to self-fed – pushing items together (like Legos) and pulling apart – opening/closing latches, bottles, doors knobs, etc. Here is a list of materials (and a

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APRIL IS OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY MONTH!!

“Alone we can do so little, together we can do so much.”  Helen Keller was so right in so many ways, but she hit the nail on the head here. I believe that collaboration is key for a child’s success throughout their entire lifetime especially when it comes to pediatric therapy. Occupational therapists are essential

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Three Structures in a Child’s Mouth That Can Cause Picky Eating

Babies, toddlers, and older children can develop feeding difficulties—ranging from general picky eating to severe feeding disorders—for a variety of reasons. As a speech-language pathologist who specializes in feeding challenges in children, I peer into a lot of little mouths. In my professional experience, these three “mouth offenders” can shape a child’s willingness to try new foods. Misaligned teeth: Crowded,

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THE LANGUAGE HOUSE

Many parents want to know the question, “When will my child talk?” And I wish I could give them an exact month, date or time that it will happen, but there are so many factors that affect the outcome that it would not be fair to assume when that pivotal development milestone will occur. Instead

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Night Time is for Talking

Daily routines are a great way to give your child extra opportunities for language development. These routines include bath time, meal time, outdoor play, etc. Whatever the “routine” is, it is done very consistently right about the same time each day. Night time routines can have a huge impact on your child’s sleep, language and

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WHY ARE “TYMPS” SO IMPORTANT?

In the first few years of life, hearing is essential in children’s cognitive, emotional, and social development. Hearing allows us to make sense of the environment around us. There is so much emphasis placed on hearing and young children as it should be! Even so, now every state and territory in the US has adopted

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Explaining Language Skill Development to Parents Using a House-Building Analogy

Parents often ask me when their child will start talking. That’s a tough question to address. I’m not a believer in predicting the future or giving false hope by any means. I also don’t want to be negative and dampen parents’ dreams for their child’s future. To navigate this balance in answering, I try to

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