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Springtime Activities in the Suburbs

After a long and dreary winter, it’s finally springtime in Chicago! With warmer weather on the way and summer just around the corner, parents and children alike are looking forward to heading back outdoors for springtime activities. While the city has endless parks, museums, and theaters to choose from, the north shore and western suburbs also […]

The 411 on Baby Sign Langauge

What is Baby Sign Language? Baby sign language is one example of an unaided communication system which permits infants and toddlers a means of communication using gestures. It allows for young children to adequately have their needs and wants met before they are able to verbally communicate. It also gives parents and caregivers another fun way […]

My Child Is Tongue Tied: What Does This Mean?

What is Tongue Tie (Ankyloglossia)? Ankyloglossia, or more commonly referred to as Tongue Tie, occurs when the lingual frenulum (the thin band of tissue that connects the bottom of the tongue to the mouth) is too short and tight. Reports on the prevalence of tongue tie in newborns is conflicting, though current research indicates that […]

Engaging Your Newborn Baby: 5 Simple Tips for Interacting with Your Baby

As a new parent, chances are that you have spent countless hours just gazing into your newborn’s eyes. However, between nonstop feedings, washing copious amounts of laundry, all of those diaper changes , and trying to sneak in a nap, some new parents may feel left in the dark when it comes to play time. […]

What is Tongue Thrust?

A tongue thrust, also commonly referred to as a reverse or immature swallow, occurs when the tongue protrudes out of the mouth or forcefully against the back of the front teeth when swallowing or talking. Additionally, the body of the tongue may sit too far forward in the mouth and stick out between the teeth […]

Oral-Motor and Feeding Difficulties in Young Children

All children are born hard-wired to eat. However, some children with poor oral motor skills may present with many challenges while feeding. Some children may appear to be “messy eaters”, but in reality, they may not have the strength to successfully close their lips around a spoon. Other kids may tend to rush through meals, […]

Encouraging Mealtime Success for Children with Feeding Difficulties

For most people, eating is an enjoyable experience. Summer picnics, holiday feasts, and family gatherings are often highly anticipated events. However, for children with feeding difficulties, eating can be a stressful time. Children with sensory defensiveness may completely avoid certain textures or flavors of foods, and families become overwhelmed with how to deal with an […]

Encouraging Speech & Language Development in Infants and Toddlers

Infants immediately begin to learn from the environment around them after entering into our unfamiliar yet exciting world. The experiences they are exposed to and the people they encounter will ultimately help to shape them into the intelligent and independent children their parents hoped for. The importance of facilitating speech and language in young children […]