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Teal Pumpkin Project

By Jennie Shafer / last year

Teal Pumpkin Project The Teal Pumpkin is an inclusion based project created by Food Allergy Research and Education (FARE) to generate awareness of food allergies during the Halloween season. 1 in 13 children have food allergies that can limit their participation in traditional holiday activities. Remember that many children use feeding tubes and have other […]

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Cleft Palate & Lip

By Jennie Shafer / a couple of years ago

Cleft Palate & Lip   What is it? A cleft is an opening in the roof of the mouth that can extend to the hard and/or soft palates. It can be accompanied by a cleft lip, which is a split of the two sides of the upper lip and can extend to the jaw bone […]

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Does Your Baby Have a Weak Suck?

By Jennie Shafer / a couple of years ago

Weak Suck? Does your baby lose milk from the corners of her mouth? What about her latch, could the nipple slide right out of her mouth? Does extra milk pool in his cheeks and leak out later? Is feeding a struggle? Does he fall asleep during the feed or immediately after? Your kiddo may have a weak […]

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Free Water Protocol

By Jennie Shafer / a couple of years ago

Free Water Protocol   The Fraiser Free Water Protocol is a program that allows select patients who are NPO or on thickened liquids, to have unrestricted and unthickened water between meals and 30 minutes after meals. Oral hygiene is of the utmost importance when following this protocol and teeth/mouth must be washed prior to having […]

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Food Allergies and How to Avoid Them

By Jennie Shafer / a couple of years ago

How to Avoid Common Food Allergies Peanuts, tree nuts, dairy, soy, wheat, shellfish and anything else you can think of! The CDC said there has been a 50% increase in children with food allergies from 1997 to 2011 and it affects nearly 2 kids in every classroom across America. New research coming out of the […]

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Thickened Liquids for Beginner Therapists

By Jennie Shafer / a couple of years ago

Thickened Liquids Ever heard of thickened liquids? Did your client recently receive feedback from a Swallow Study? Are you unsure what the levels are and how to explain them? Lucky you! Here’s a handy chart!   Thickened Liquids Name Consistency Fork Test Examples Thin Liquids Unthickened/Typical Liquid Easily runs through tines of a fork Juice, […]

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When to Introduce Solids to Your Baby

By Jennie Shafer / a couple of years ago

When to Introduce Solids A question I’m getting more and more frequently from parents is, ‘When can I start giving them table food?’. I hear this closer to holidays as relatives are coming in and wanting to give the baby ‘just a little piece of pie!’, or ‘her first taste of turkey!’ A general guideline would be […]