The Communication Corner: Sensory Friendly Films

AMC Theaters and the Autism Society have collaborated to provide the “Sensory Friendly Film” program nationwide, to show current children films in a dedicated theater with sensory sensitive lighting (ambient lighting slightly brighter), sound adjustments (less noisy than usual), within a supportive environment for children on the autism spectrum and those with sensory processing disorders. Families will enjoy the accepting atmosphere, where the “silence is golden” is relaxed so audience members can sing, dance, and make noise without worry. There are 3 local AMC theaters in the Orlando area participating, so please click on link provided below for times and dates, and save some popcorn for me!

https://www.amctheatres.com/programs/sensory-friendly-films

The Communication Corner: Infant Feeding and the Speech-Language Pathologist

 

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Some infants when born, whether they be premature or not, have difficulty with regular feeding patterns. Believe it or not, infant feeding is a complicated task!  Infants are required to coordinate swallowing and breathing, maintain lip closure, maintain a suck, use their tongue appropriately, learn to self-soothe, and the list goes on and on. While for some it comes easy, for others it takes the intervention of an SLP to help build endurance, strengthen oral structures, and provide support for something so vital to their life and growth.

Infant feeding disorders are likely to be seen in the premature population and are treated in the hospital, but what about the little ones who come home and still have a difficulty with feeding properly? Every child is unique, but there are some key ‘red flags’ that may suggest difficulty with feeding:

  • Munching on the nipple
  • Insufficient suck
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Long feeding times
  • Arching or stiffening of the body while feeding
  • Frustration or lack of alertness while feeding
  • Coughing or gagging during meals
  • Difficulty breast feeding
  • Frequent spitting up/gagging
  • Less than normal weight gain
  • Difficulty coordinating sucking, swallowing, and breathing

These kinds of issues may lead to inadequate nutrition, aspiration (food getting into the lungs), and potential pneumonia. The SLP can help in establishing correct patterns, strengthening muscles of the mouth, improving sucking, and altering liquid thickness to ensure safe swallowing. If you have concerns over your new baby, contact your physician to begin the process of an evaluation with a Speech-Language Pathologist.

PamelaRowe Speech Therapy offers services that can help. If you have concerns, contact our office at 407-271-4911 for more information.

 

Feeding and swallowing disorders (dysphagia) in children. (n.d.). Retrieved from http://www.asha.org/public/speech/swallowing/feeding-and-swallowing-disorders-in-children/

Fletcher, K., & Ash, B. (2008, 2 8). The speech-language pathologist and the lactation consultant: The baby. Retrieved from

 

Parents of Babies/Toddlers Needed for Research

During the months of February and March 2014, Pamela Rowe, MA, CCC-SLP, LLC will be conducting research in conjunction with ProEd, Inc. for the standardization of the Receptive Expressive Emergent Language Test- Fourth Edition (REEL-4). The REEL-4 is a well-established parent/caregiver rating scale measure of receptive (comprehension) and expressive language ability in children ages birth through 36 months and takes approximately 15 to 20 minutes to complete.

Please email us at info@speechorlando.com if you would like to participate and shape the Birth to 3 national norms!