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29 Apr 2015

BY: trini

Education / Language / Speech Therapy

How to Recognize Velocardiofacial Syndrome (VCFS)

Velocardiofacial Syndrome (VCFS) / 22q11.2 Deletion Syndrome by Erika Ordonez

Most of us, in one form or another, have heard about Down Syndrome. It is the most common genetic disorder caused by a chromosomal abnormality; however, do you know which genetic disorder comes second?

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27 Apr 2015

BY: trini

Orofacial Myology / Speech Therapy

The Oral Motor Cookbook, Part 3

By Carolinda “Trini” Myers-Murphy, MS CCC-SLP;COM 

If you haven’t been following our previous posts about cooking for low tone children, you might want to get caught up on Part 1 and Part 2. One of our goals in teaching about good feeding techniques and textures is to help parents work with their children on muscle development that can reduce the amount of time needed in speech therapy or orofacial myology. We want our kids to enjoy both eating and speech! We’ve already covered ideas based on texture and how to make healthy purees and baby foods at home, now let’s focus on solid food textures that have been modified for the picky eater.

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20 Apr 2015

BY: trini

Orofacial Myology / Speech Therapy

The Oral Motor Cookbook, Part 2

By Carolinda “Trini” Myers-Murphy, MS CCC-SLP;COM

What is a cookbook without recipes? In case you missed Part 1 of the Oral Motor Cookbook, I am sharing some food tips for parents with low tone children. Today’s recipes focus on puree textures, a.k.a., baby food, but they can also be helpful for older kids who struggle with solid foods or as a nutritious snack when older kids are feeling under the weather.

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16 Apr 2015

BY: trini

Language / Speech Therapy

How Learning 2 Languages Shapes the Development of Children

By Yovana Miramontes-Risk

It has been a common misconception that the exposure of two languages in a child younger than three years old may cause some confusion in the development of speech and language. Research shows that this not the case; on the contrary, learning two languages has shown some significant advantages.

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09 Apr 2015

BY: trini

Inspiration / Orofacial Myology

The Oral Motor Cookbook, Part 1

by Carolinda “Trini” Myers-Murphy

I am often approached by parents with questions for feeding low tone children. A low tone child is a child diagnosed by a doctor with low muscle tone and typically needs to work with an occupational therapist. This condition also afects the strength of a child’s articulator and muscles for eating as well. We typically see struggles with having enough muscle strength to support the smaller muscles for eating and speaking.

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01 Apr 2015

BY: trini

Inspiration / Speech Therapy

How to Celebrate a Sensory Easter Egg Hunt

by Debra Hartley

Is it just me, or does it seem as if every holiday becomes a reason for a full-blown sugar extravaganza? This year, we are thinking outside of the “egg” (pun intended) and bringing some creativity to your kids, instead of sugar. After all, they’re sweet enough! Some of these ideas are also great adventures for the siblings of our special needs kids. Let’s get the whole family involved! As speech therapists, you know we are always looking for ways to incorporate learning into fun outlets that our families can participate in together.

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