Once again, feeding issues top the charts in 2015. Of the 10 most-read blog posts last year, articles on feeding disorders account for three of them. Lists also remain irresistible to readers, including lessons learned, myths, signs and symptoms, language goals, tips for parents or teachers, and things you need to know. Mainly the common denominator with our most read, shared and liked posts is this: informative content easily consumed with practical takeaways for other SLPs and audiologists to use in practice.
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Enjoy a second look at what you wanted most to learn in 2015:
Melanie Potock encourages fellow SLPs to just flip the lip of every single kiddo when you assess the oral cavity. Different types of upper lip-ties may affect feeding, so she offers insights on what to check and how to proceed if you suspect a lip-tie.
Laura Smith was an SLP for five years before her daughter was diagnosed with childhood apraxia of speech. Although she’d treated clients with the disorder, she missed seeing it with her own child and doesn’t want others to do the same.
Saundra Keech shares how being an SLP and a new mom makes her a bit overzealous with her daughter’s developmental milestones: “I’m grateful for my educational background and work experiences, because it prepared me for guiding my own daughter’s development (read: It turned me into a lunatic).”
Melanie Potock shares information on a little-known disorder that interested a lot of readers. Pediatric autoimmune neuropsychiatric disorders associated with streptococcal infections include a little-known set of symptoms—including speech dysfluencies—that appear when strep creates inflammation in a child’s brain. It’s estimated that PANDAS/PANS affects as many as 1 in 200 children, but because the signs are just a piece of the diagnostic puzzle, it’s possible that the prevalence is higher.
Potock’s third entry shares ways to help parents worry less when working with their picky eaters. The SLP, who specializes in pediatric feeding issues from toddlers to teens, says “You won’t find in a professional manual the one common denominator that parents of every picky or selective eater tell you: It’s incredibly stressful for the entire family.”
A sweet and poignant top 10 list—this one all about what our children teach us. Read even more insights in the comments section.
The picky-eater prequel offers advice for preschool teachers on ways to avoid meltdowns by making classroom snacks more palatable for hesitant eaters.
Many performers practice pre-show routines and singers especially use a variety of techniques to keep their voices healthy. SLP and voice specialist Kristie Knickerbocker researched popular pre-singing myths and finds out which ones offer scientific heft—or not.
The title says it all in this post by Catherine Shaker, who wrote a popular series of articles on being an SLP working in the NICU.
Longtime guest blogger Rebecca Eisenberg offers ways to work treatment into a family activity that clients probably already do at home—helping in the kitchen.