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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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Research-Based Pocket Guide for Feeding On High Flow Nasal Cannula

December 31, 2023 by Ashley Zhinin.
Feeding on high flow nasal cannula (HFNC)  is a thorny issue in acute pediatric settings. This guide provides a research-based guide to evidence-based parameters for initiating or continuing feeding on HFNC. Dumpa, V., Kamity, R., Ferrara, L., Akerman, M., Hanna, N. (2020) The effects of oral feeding while on nasal continuous positive airway pressure (NCPAP) […]
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Universal Articulation Screener Tool

December 31, 2023 by Ashley Zhinin.
This one-page screener provides a quick way to identify error sounds in all positions at the word level. It has information you need to dig deeper or pursue further assessment as indicated.
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Early Introduction of AAC in Medically Complex Infants

December 31, 2023 by Ashley Zhinin.
Early introduction to augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) is an evidence-based intervention for children at risk for developing speech and language delays secondary to medical complexity. This handout provides information related to the importance of early introduction to AAC to aid the development of language skills. Davidoff, B. E. (2017). AAC With Energy—Earlier: Research shows […]
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Expanding Our Positive Feedback Phrases Beyond “Good Job”

November 30, 2023 by Ashley Zhinin.
Kids thrive on positive feedback! It’s important for the development of self-awareness and confidence. On the flip side, kids can become too focused on doing something in order to get praise. As adults, we can work to deliver positive feedback in ways that help kids process their growing skill sets as well as their feelings […]
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Filtering Out Feeding Misinformation: A Social Media Guide for Parents

November 30, 2023 by Ashley Zhinin.
Social media has become one of the most accessible ways for parents to gain information. Many clinicians and researchers utilize the platform to discuss feeding interventions with inconsistent use of evidence to support the claims being made. This resource helps parents learn to filter out misinformation. Diehm, E. A., & Hall-Mills, S. (2023). Like, comment, […]
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