Wednesday, August 4, 2010

A Letter Received

I recently received this email/letter from a parent and wanted to share:

"Hi my name is Danielle and I have a daughter with down syndrome that did your program for about a year. It was great for her and I only wish we would have found you sooner. She has some structural issues so we got stuck with that. My husband and a few friends and myself did her program daily. It was fun to implement and we really did see results. (Renee Roy Hill was our evaluator and we loved her). I am wondering if you have training to become certified or some kind of approval so as to offer your oral motor information to others? I know you have traveling workshops as well. I am not a speech pathologist, just a Mom, that has done this program and NACD program for a lot of years. Let me know if there is any option out there since 6 years of schooling is just too long at this point in my life, I am in my mid 40's. Thank you for your time! Sincerely, Danielle"

I offer my courses to both professionals and parents throughout the world, and I encourage parents to get and stay involved. If you are a parent interested in learning more I will point you to our webpage and phone numbers here and here.

As always, feel free to email me with more questions!


  1. Hi,
    I agree with the letter, and love your program. I have watched a lot of your videos, especially the ones on Down syndrome, as my daughter is 16 months with Ds. My only confusion has been the ages to start each therapy. I am in Alaska and it is hard for me to get to your therapists, and it seems like I know more about Talk Tools than any of the speech pathologists locally. From the videos it seems like horns and straw therapy are for older kids. I just got my daughter to use the honey bear and am using bite tools too. How do I know when she is ready for horn or straw therapy? Thanks,

  2. I too am curious about when to start and what to start. I have a 1 month old son with Down syndrome and I have been trying to read everything I can get my hands on! I was particularly interested in a paper I read of yours on the "Myths of Down syndrome" I have been successfully breast feeding my son and have used the feeding technique described in this article but I do believe he has a high palatal arch...what if anything can I do to help this? I too have not found any therapist locally that have your tools. Can you point me in the right direction of what to purchase/do to help? Thanks so much.