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Frequency of Speech Therapy Sessions

Question:  Do all children with speech problems have to attend regular speech therapy?Not necessarily.  Sometimes you can place mild cases on consultation to monitor their development and progress. For example, I recently saw a child with an L distortion in a private school. She was four years old, and I knew the parents would be very [...]

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Feeding Problems - When It's Psychological

Question:  I've read your Food Refusal article, that feeding problems are usually related to oral motor or sensory problems.  But can it be psychological?  I’ve searched the internet and can find very little practical advice about addressing the fear of solid foods for an infant/toddler. Our son (3 and 1/2 now) is still eating pureed food [...]

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Feeding Therapy - Moving Beyond Food Prep

Question: I am working with a 7 year old girl in feeding therapy who is refusing to open her lips and just purses. She has been involved heavily in food preparation which she enjoys foing and shows great participation.  However when it comes to the taste testing part she refuses all foods. She does [...]

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The Benefits of Embracing the Need to Chew

Does chewing on shirt sleeves/collars sound familiar?   Chewing on legos or pencils?  Nail biting?  When this happens, one’s gut instinct might be to say “Don’t chew on that.”   And that’s true - we don’t want kids putting random objects in their mouths.  BUT, chewing (when redirected to  something safe to chew on) can actually be [...]

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Chewing on Ice

Hello - I have questions about the Dino Bite necklace. Would it work well for a 6 year old autistic child who likes to chew/eat ice?  He eats ice constantly and I'm wondering if this would be a better option for his teeth. Thank you! . . Hello!  It sounds like a chew tool would be a great [...]

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Food Aversions & Spoon Feeding Issues

Question:  Hi, I have a toddler who is almost 2 years old, have sensory processing disorder.  He also has feeding aversion. and super sensitive to texture & taste.  Some goals I am looking to achieve: desensitize the oral aversion, teaching him to eat different textures, making spoon-feeding fun (he is now fighting spoon-feed) and teaching [...]

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​My child / student is biting other kids - what can I do?

Kids biting is not uncommon. Think of biting as a way of communicating. Infants and young children don't yet have the expressive language skills to “tell" an adult or another child that they are angry, feeling frustrated, excited, fearful, overwhelmed, tired, bored, that someone is invading their space, etc. So the [...]

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​15 Made in the USA Autism Chew Toys

Need to chew?   You’ve come to the right place!  We make 15 (and counting) different chew tool designs.  They come in a variety of shapes, sizes, textures, and hardnesses to best meet a variety of sensory preferences.  Each option provides a safe, appropriate outlet for the need to chew (instead of chewing on one's [...]

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Babies Biting on Straws

Hello!  I have a 19-month old son that is currently doing occupational therapy through our state’s early childhood intervention program.  We have been trying to teach him how to drink out of a straw, but to no avail.  I have tried steps 1-4 on your How to Teach Straw Drinking article with the ARK Bear Bottle, [...]

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Needing to Chew + Drooling

So my 8, almost 9 year old son loves your chewelry, especially your textured brick chewie. But what I'm finding lately is that it makes him drool like crazy!!  He always drooled some before when chewing, but now it even drips down his chin. Any ideas on what we can do to stop the [...]

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