December 22, 2015

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:

Just Flip the Lip! The Upper Lip-tie and Feeding Challenges

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.

10 Early Signs and Symptoms of Childhood Apraxia of Speech

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.

You Might Be an SLP Mom if …

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).”

Study Up on PANDAS: A Little-Known Disorder With Big Effects

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.

The Stress of Having a Picky Eater: 3 Tips to Help Parents

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.”

Top 10 Lessons I Learned From Loving Kids with Autism

A sweet and poignant top 10 list—this one all about what our children teach us. Read even more insights in the comments section.

Picky Eaters in the Preschool Classroom: 7 Tips for Teachers

The picky-eater prequel offers advice for preschool teachers on ways to avoid meltdowns by making classroom snacks more palatable for hesitant eaters.

6 Vocal Myths: Practical Therapy Applications

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.

5 Things You Need to Know About Working in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit

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.

10 Speech and Language Goals to Target during Food/Drink Preparation

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.

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