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Debbie's Blog

Not Chewing Soft Foods?

Posted by Debra C. Lowsky, MS, CCC-SLP on 14th Aug 2013

Question: My 2.5 year old daughter has down syndrome. She has had feeding issues since birth and we are trying to work with her on chewing.  She will bite and chew crackers and other hard food … read more

Mouth Stuffing & Food Pocketing

Posted by Debra C. Lowsky, MS, CCC-SLP on 21st Nov 2012

Question:  How can I keep my son from stuffing his mouth with food, not properly chewing, then getting choked when he swallows?  He is 5 years old and Autistic.  Do you have any idea … read more

Tips for Toothbrushing with Oral Defensiveness

Posted by Debra C. Lowsky, MS, CCC-SLP on 25th Oct 2012

Oral defensiveness falls into two main categories: HYPOsensitivity and HYPERsensitivity.  Individuals with hyposensitivities have low oral tone and very little awareness of what's going on ins … read more