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Encouraging Non-Nutritive Sucking in Infants

June 30, 2024 by Ashley Zhinin.
Non-nutritive suck has been found to be one of the single most important prognostic indicators of motor, cognitive and oromotor development in neonates and term infants.
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Pediatric Feeding Data Collection Sheet

May 31, 2024 by Ashley Zhinin.
Using data to support feeding decisions can be vital in improving feeding outcomes in infants. This chart provides a consistent way to monitor feeding outcomes with input, output and quality indicators to monitor quality-based feeding.
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Quick Sensory Feeding Therapy Ideas for Toddlers

April 30, 2024 by Ashley Zhinin.
Sensory feeding opportunities for toddlers with selective eating are an evidenced-based way to allow for visual, tactile, olfactory, and potential oral exploration. This resource is to provide clinicians with ideas for therapy targeting sensory exploration and can be used for feeding therapy as well as language therapy. Herde, C. (2019). 5 Tips to Create Positive […]
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Changing the Language Used Around Eating: Quality vs. Quantity

March 31, 2024 by Ashley Zhinin.
In feeding therapy, the language that we use when discussing participation and intake should promote a focus on quality of feeding rather than quantity of feeds. This handout provides ways that we can utilize language to promote quality-based feeding rather than volume-driven feeding. Anderson, A. (2017). The Not So Hungry Caterpillar: Supporting Families’ Feeding Issues […]
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Breastfeeding Basics for the SLP

February 29, 2024 by Ashley Zhinin.
Breastfeeding rates are currently on the rise in the forms of exclusive breastfeeding, breastfeeding, and pumping. This guide will serve as a cheat cheat for some basic information for SLPs that are working with breastfeeding infants. Cadwell, K., & Turner-Maffei, C. (2022). Pocket guide for lactation management. Jones & Bartlett Learning. Dieterich, C. M., Felice, […]
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Improving Feeding Outcomes in Infants with GERD

February 29, 2024 by Ashley Zhinin.
Gastroesophageal reflux (GER) is an extremely common issue in infants. When it becomes more severe, it can be diagnosed as Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). GERD can have a significant impact on feeding experience, caregiver stress, and infant comfort. This resource summarizes the evidenced based interventions that can be use to reduce reflux and improve feeding […]
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Roadmap to Troubleshooting Speaking Valves in Pediatrics

January 31, 2024 by Ashley Zhinin.
Speaking valve use in the pediatric population can be challenging and requires an in-depth understanding of the upper airway, respiratory system, and intricacies of voice production. This roadmap will help guide decision making in the pediatric population. Greene, Z. M., Davenport, J., Fitzgerald, S., Russell, J. D., & Mcnally, P. (2019). Tracheostomy speaking valve modification […]
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Impact of Cardiac Diagnoses on Infant Feeding

January 31, 2024 by Ashley Zhinin.
Congenital heart defects are the most common occurring defects in the infant population. Understanding of signs of feeding difficulty and the appropriate use of evidence-based strategies are key in feeding success when working with this population. Desai, H., Jones, C. E., Fogel, J. L., Negrin, K. A., Slater, N. L., Morris, K., Doody, L. R., […]
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