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bio website decodingkids.com
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seen Mar 13 '12 at 1:24

I am a Speech-Language Pathologist with more than 30 years experience.

I have learned so much from my favorite teachers - children and their caregivers. I am indebted to them and thankful that so many have shared their journey with me.


Sep
17
comment Controlled crying isn't working at night. What are my options?
Most of us never out-grow hugs/leg or arm crossing (deep pressure), calming sounds (soft music, white noise machines), swinging/rocking (rhythmical motion), or eating/chewing/sucking (oral stimulation). Forms of these strategies work for a lifetime.
Sep
17
comment Have there ever actually been any studies proving some immunizations cause autism?
No accepted peer reviewed research is available at this time. Some research indicating that there was a link was published but has since been debunked by peers as invalid. This question has been addressed in 2 other related questions on this site and may need to be closed as a duplicate.
Sep
16
comment What consequences are appropriate for pre-teens?
Wish I could upvote this one more than once! Great insight!
Sep
13
comment What are some techniques for toddlers to develop and practice good listening skills?
@Torben Gundtofte-Bruun Hope revisions help! :)
Sep
13
comment What are some symptoms of an ear infection?
Many things can be "not right" but not visible with an otoscope. If a child has frequent ear infections with an associated presenting pattern, an otoscope may be very helpful. But it should NOT be used as a primary indicator to parents that there is no need to see a physician or to determine that there is no problem that needs to be addressed.
Sep
10
comment When should a child stop using a pacifier, and how can I help with this transition?
@Boefett Edited with link on changes in swallow pattern.
Sep
10
comment What age do you stop reading bedtime stories?
I too remember our 5th/6th grade substitute teacher who read classics to us every day after lunch. The Tell-Tale Heart and Tale of Two Cities were among my most pleasant school memories!
Sep
9
comment Is there an alternative to Boy/Girl Scouts in the US?
@HedgeMage 4-H is no longer a rural/agricultural centered program. Here's a link with more info. <time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,878419,00.html>;
Sep
8
comment What are guidelines for parents to use in giving advice/guidance to older teens?
Excellent response! Thanks for a thoughtful and well developed answer!
Sep
7
comment What are guidelines for parents to use in giving advice/guidance to older teens?
@Hairy - link provided.
Sep
3
comment Can you effectively influence the behavior of a 6 month old?
The professional term really is bilabial and lingua-labial raspberries, at least that is what I was taught. I see some related professions call it a "trill".
Aug
25
comment Are there things to watch out for after a tongue-tie operation?
I recommend 2 exercises. Tongue pops-sucking the tongue against the palate with the tip behind the upper teeth & releasing with the jaw dropping down as far as possible (almost like clucking to a horse) & Pull-holds-same as pops but hold tongue sucked against palate and jaw wide open for 5 seconds then pop open. Begin with ~10 reps and move to 150 reps 3-4 times per day. This strengthens the tongue especially for (l,r,sh,ch,j) sounds. Master pops then move to Pull-holds as skill improves.
Aug
16
comment How much direction does a preschooler need while doing crafts?
We have cattle farms. Cattle do NOT follow directions. Children do if they are developmentally appropriate and the children are motivated.
Aug
13
comment Everything my son draws is abstract. Is this a problem?
Quality of handwriting is related primarily to fine motor skills. It appears that crawling is valuable for hand/arm/shoulder development that supports good handwriting.
Aug
13
comment How can we help my pre-schooler get over his initial shyness when we have guests?
Is he seeking attention that is gained by 1)his shy reaction, 2)acting out behavior, 3)surprising transformation? Perhaps using the preparation strategy, rehearse his "big role" in greeting the guests in some fashion that will give him positive attention he may be seeking.
Aug
13
comment Why do my children cry in my wife's arms but are quiet with me?
Here's a link that references the male voice vibrations. <askdrsears.com/topics/fussy-baby/…; The lower frequency of male voices are readily conducted though the bones in the chest and felt by the child.
Aug
12
comment When should a child stop using a pacifier, and how can I help with this transition?
+1 for "Pantley's Gentele Removal Plan" & other resources.
Jul
31
comment How should I deal with my toddler's difficult behavior towards food?
How much juice or milk is she drinking each day? Sometimes liquids will satisfy their hunger and reduce their eating.
Jul
30
comment At what age should I expect my daughter to talk?
Your late talkers would fit the "statistics" if they were in a dual language environment.
Jul
30
comment At what age should I expect my daughter to talk?
The only problem with waiting until age 3 to decide a child might have a problem is that there is a developmental "window of opportunity" in which children are neurologically "wired" to learn language. Beyond those early years, speech/language learning is more difficult. For every delayed child that learns to communicate suddenly at an older age, I have seen hundreds that never mastered functional speech even as adults.