• Childhood Apraxia of Speech – What is it and How Can I Help My Child?
  • End Mealtime Battles With Happy Eating Club
  • Newborn Feeding Work Outs
  • Are newborn reflexes causing your baby's bottle refusal?
  • 6 Questions To Ask Before Choosing A Picky Eating Course
  • Childhood Apraxia of Speech – What is it and How Can I Help My Child?
  • End Mealtime Battles With Happy Eating Club
  • Newborn Feeding Work Outs
  • Are newborn reflexes causing your baby's bottle refusal?
  • 6 Questions To Ask Before Choosing A Picky Eating Course

Childhood Apraxia of Speech – What is it and How Can I Help My Child?

Childhood Apraxia of Speech

Childhood Apraxia of Speech (CAS) falls under the umbrella term “speech sound disorders.” Children with speech sound disorders have difficulty with motor production, perception, and/or phonological representation of sounds. Stress and prosody (speech intonation patterns) are also included in this definition. Childhood Apraxia of Speech (CAS) occurs in about 15% of three-year old children. The hallmark of CAS is inefficient speech praxis … [Continue reading...]

End Mealtime Battles With Happy Eating Club

Happy Eating Club

Today I had the pleasure of connecting with a wonderful mom, Kirsten, who participated in Happy Eating Club last year and still uses what she learned with her family. Kirsten and I discussed her experience in the program and where her family is now, almost a year later, in their feeding journey as they consistently utilize the information, strategies and resources she gained in Happy Eating Club. Happy Eating Club is a flexible 14-day program … [Continue reading...]

Newborn Feeding Work Outs

Cindy Hooks, M.S., CCC-SLP, CLC Did you know that when you snuggle your sweet baby in your arms and offer them a bottle that they are beginning a newborn feeding work out? In order for your baby to meet their nutritional needs, newborns need to be able to do three things during feedings. They need to suck, compress (provide pressure on a nipple) and coordinate their breathing to protect their tiny airways. As you feed your baby, you can … [Continue reading...]

Are newborn reflexes causing your baby’s bottle refusal?

newborn reflexes

Cindy Hooks, M.S., CCC-SLP, CLC Your baby was born with eight, innate, oral motor reflexes to help facilitate successful mealtimes. All of these reflexes have important roles, but two reflexes, rooting and sucking, are specifically helping you with every feeding during the first four months of your baby’s life. The root reflex is activated when an infant’s lips and mouth are lightly touched. This causes your baby’s mouth to open. Rooting … [Continue reading...]