Monday, March 15, 2010

Pediatrician’s Need to Know

I know it has been a long time since my last entry but I do have an excuse. This field of Oral Placement Therapy is getting so popular that I have had no time to sit down and write this blog. my wonderful son-in-law Travis keeps telling me it is smething I need to keep up on. So my 2010 New Year's resolution (a bit late I must admit) is to write one time per week from now on. Yesterday I assessed a one year old baby with the diagnosis of Down syndrome. The child is uning a pronounced tongue thrust during function for feeding and for babbling. The mother askling me why her peditrician had not told her about my earluy intervention feeding techniques and I had no answer for her. I would love it if each of you would download this article (The Oral-Motor Myths of Down Syndrome - at bottom of page) and bring it to your pediatrician. If only one doctor reads it and gives it to one parent of a newborn with Down syndrome wouldn't that be terrific? Thanks for your help in spreading the word.


  1. Hi Sara,
    I follow your blog as my daughter who is 10 months old has DS and I really value your opinion in this area...but I read the article you referenced in this post and Emily must be an anomaly because she is able to breast-feed and has had very few bottles and also eats whatever table food we eat but still maintains the open mouth posture much of the time. I am not sure what else I could have done to prevent her from adapting this behavior...any ideas or suggestions?

  2. I'm excited to see more regular posts from you! Sweet Pea is looking forward to seeing you in May again!