Debbie's Blog

Transitioning from Bottle to Cup/Straw Drinking

Posted by Debra C. Lowsky, MS, CCC-SLP on 8th Nov 2012

Question:  I am an OT and a new mom to my 6-month-old daughter. We have just started introducing solid foods, but she drinks from only a bottle. I was wondering if you had any tips for transit … read more

Finger Feeding Tips for Toddlers

Posted by Debra C. Lowsky, MS, CCC-SLP on 30th Oct 2012

Finger feeding is a very important step towards 1. feeding independence and 2. setting the stage for healthy eating habits.  Finger feeding typically starts at about 8-10 months, but … read more

Mealtime Sensory Strategies

27th Apr 2012

Before mealtime: •  Play with sensory-stimulating toys, such as koosh balls, peanut balls, bubbles, play-doh, massagers, any toys/books with interesting textures, etc. •  Give the chi … read more

Teaching the Concept of Biting and Chewing

Posted by Debra C. Lowsky, MS, CCC-SLP on 22nd Feb 2012

For infants, learning how to bite and chew is a crucial stage of feeding development.  At approximately 5-6 months of age, babies begin using their fingers and mouths for oral exploration usin … read more

Gum Massage for Oral Stimulation

Posted by Debra C. Lowsky, MS, CCC-SLP on 6th Jan 2012

Gum massage is a simple yet effective way to provide oral stimulation to a large surface area within the mouth.  This tactile input can: •  help decrease oral aversions for hypersens … read more