Non Toxic Cleaning Products

We want to give our children the best environment to thrive. That means no added chemicals in the home. Our homes are 7 times more toxic than the outdoors and toxic cleaning products don’t help. In fact, their fumes linger in the air as long as 72 hours! Here’s a list of homemade substitutions you

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How To Spoon Feed

This post is based on information from Q. Fish’s blog at http://gotdownsyndrome.blogspot.com/2007/10/spoon-feeding.html This method of spoon feeding helps both with discouraging tongue thrust and encouraging lip closure. You can do this from the very first time your baby starts eating solids. Hold the spoon sideways, so that the side of the s… ♥ Hi friend!

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If your child’s mouth is open, her tongue becomes desensitized and without the proper placement of the tongue, the inside of her mouth doesn’t form correctly. Exposure to the air can also cause her tongue to enlarge. These issues carry over into sleep problems, with apnea and sleep obstruction and interfere with proper speech development.

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Did you know that “Sixty to 80% of children with Down syndrome have hearing deficits” (Pueschel)?? I was aware of this fact early on and took very important and strategic steps to insure that Jett would be able to hear so that he would be able to learn and speak better. It paid off. Although

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Please welcome guest blogger, Christine H., mom to beautiful, resilient, Olivia who has T21, as she openly and honestly shares her hits and misses in her quest to successfully help her child speak despite the additional diagnosis of apraxia. Sweet Olivia! Our journey with apraxia really began when Olivia was about 18 months old. We

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It takes a village to be sure! We took Jett to his first speech evaluation with Renee Hill of Talk Tools last Wednesday (through a scholarship from http://www.dsfflorida.org/ ). She was amazed! She said that she had to evaluate him using the typical scale, not the one for children with DS. She said he was

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Beyond the once a week speech therapist, (which I can’t imagine would be enough to do much good!) there is a lot more you can do early on and along the way to help your child to communicate better. Many factors work together in order to achieve excellent speech and communication skills. Since so many

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My TV/Video Strategy

Why is TV beneficial? I have let Jett watch up to 30 minutes of television a day since he was about 15 months old, when I first read the article, “The Selective Use of TV and Videos for Advancing the Development of Special Needs, Typical and Accelerated Preschool Children”, by Robert J. Doman Jr, found

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Readeez makes songs that show the words at the same time they are sung. Really cute, fun songs too. Jett loves them!! Since the first Readeez DVD was released in 2008, parents (and children of all ages) have been singing their praises. These are videos your kids will truly look forward to watching. And you’ll

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So it’s day 7 of using BrillKids Little Reader and Jett loves it! It’s an online reading program that supports the Doman method of teaching your baby to read. In fact, it’s exactly how I would have designed it if they had asked my opinion! There’s a free 14-day trial going on right now, if

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