Feeding Therapy: The consult

Make sure you read Feeding Therapy: We are finally ready if you haven’t already. We packed up the lunch bag with foods our son was comfortable with and foods that he wasn’t comfortable with, put on our shoes, and drove to our feeding therapy consult with Autumn.  Our son was excited and I was nervous. I had shown our son pictures of Miss Autumn on the Advanced Institute for Development and Learning Facebook page and when she came into the waiting room I just smiled and said look Miss Autumn is here to talk to us.  Our little man was so excited and eagerly followed her through the therapy areas and into her therapy room.  Her room is equipped with several booster seats for various age children, a table, a tv, and some seats for parents. She turned and smiled at K and asked if he would like to choose some toys to play with while she chatted with us.  He was thrilled to find 4 fascinating cars and happily climbed into the booster seat to play while the adults chatted. After we went through his medical history, birthing history, challenges that we perceived, Autumn worked with K.  Although she was really going through the Beckman Oral Motor evaluation, he thought they were playing games.  High five to Autumn for her creative play!  He showed her how to chew using a Tri-Chew and play hide and seek in his mouth with an Oral Motor Probe.  He was grinning away. Next we pulled out all of the food we brought and he got to have snack time.  She observed his chewing patterns, his behavior, continued to talk with us, and encouraged him to snack.  She noticed that he wasn’t using rotary chewing and was instead primarily using a vertical chewing pattern.  Next time you put something in your mouth try chewing it by just opening and closing your jaw – that is vertical chewing.  He was also showing signs of low muscle tone in his cheeks and lower jaw. If the muscles of the mouth aren’t working well children aren’t inclined to eat the foods that require those muscles because it is too hard.  Now we have a plan – strengthen the muscles, learn some good patterns for eating, and overcome the behavioral anxiety about food. Our kiddo was still enthusiastic and was eager to try the pattern of eating...
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Choosing an Activity Tracker Part 2: Fitbit One

If you haven’t read Choosing an Activity Tracker Part 1: Introduction make sure you head there first. By the time I, I mean the washer, destroyed Nate’s pedometer new activity trackers were hitting the market and were “all the rave”.  I will fess up and say that I bought into the hype and purchased my first activity tracker – a Fitbit One.  I looked at the wrist trackers, the clips, all different brands, ones with and without displays, and it all came down to wanting an accurate tracker at the end of the day.  After all, I was coming from using the Omron pedometer that was Accurate with a capital A.  Fitbit is the brand known for accuracy in the activity tracker world. Thank you for noticing the accuracy of the Fitbit. We put a lot of effort into making sure the Fitbit is accurate! – Fitbit executive in a conversation with Nate From everything I read, the trackers that you clip to your waistband, bra, or pocket are more accurate than the wrist trackers so that is what I went with.  The One clips to the waistband, belt, pocket, or bra of the wearer and it has a display so I can just glance down and see my step count, floors climbed, distance, and calories without needing an app or my phone.  The One also came with a nifty wristband to wear at night for tracking sleep and for use as an alarm clock.  I used this for awhile, but realized that I didn’t care as much about sleep tracking as I did activity tracking during the day (and I lost the wristband). Now if you remember from Part 1, I could take a specific number of steps and the Omron pedometer was 100% accurate.  I did the same test with the Fitbit One and it passed with flying colors. Actual Steps Taken Omron Pedometer: Steps Recorded Fitbit One: Steps Recorded 50 50 51 100 (Trial 1) 100 99 100 (Trial 2) 100 101 These results are close enough for me and I have been happily using my Fitbit One since August 2013.  I can honestly say that I love my Fitbit One and would buy another in a heartbeat if I lost mine or broke it somehow.  If I were to hand out ratings on battery life, accuracy, ease of use, and durability this is what the...
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Julia’s Testimonial

I thought I knew a good bit about nutrition when I took Moira’s class, but I learned so much more! Moira meets you where you are at nutritionally and gently challenges you to move towards a more healthy lifestyle. The classes were fun and the information easy to apply to our everyday life. And Moira still is available to all of my questions and concerns even now that the class is over. I definitely recommend the class and the kids activity book as well. My 4-year-old daughter quickly internalized much of the nutritional information and enjoyed the...
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Choosing an Activity Tracker Part 1: Introduction

I have been posting on Facebook for weeks about wearing multiple activity trackers.  This inaugural post in the series will review one of my first “activity trackers”.  As we go through the series, I will introduce you to several common trackers on the market today and explain some of the pros and cons of each.  Obviously I don’t have an unlimited budget so I only tested a few, but this should give you an idea of the pros and cons for several popular brands and types. When I first started exercising I used a regular, inexpensive pedometer like the type you would find at Target or Walmart for $10-$20. After awhile I wanted something that would download data to my computer and Nate and I both purchased the Omron Pocket Pedometer.  The Omron pedometer is fabulous, basic, easy to use and see, and most of all – it is accurate.  I know this because the researcher in me tested the accuracy.  I walked all over counting my steps – flat surfaces, turning around, up and down stairs, walking fast, and walking slow. Check out the results below:   Number of Steps Taken: Omron Pedometer Recorded: 50 steps 50 steps 60 steps 60 steps 100 steps 100 steps As you can see, it was accurate step for step. It is a bit bulky, but it doesn’t need to be charged and takes a standard CR2032 battery that lasts for a very long time.  The pedometer comes with a belt clip, but at some point (recently) I lost the clip so I can’t show you a picture of that here.  The newer versions appear to be less bulky and are compatible with the new Omron app.       I did eventually upgrade to my current tracker, but only because Nate’s Omron pedometer went through the wash more than once and didn’t fare so well (oops). I gave him mine and began the search for a newer activity tracker. Curious what I bought? Read Choosing an Activity Tracker Part 2.   (Affiliate links used in this post)...
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Feeding Therapy: We are finally ready

This is the first article in an on-going series of posts about our experiences with feeding therapy.  You may be wondering why I would share this with you.  I think it is important for everyone to know that seeking therapy, of any kind, is not something that should be hidden.  We are so lucky to have these services available to us in the United States and to have wonderful and caring professionals who devote their lives to helping us overcome challenges.  It is with an open heart that I share our story with you.  We have walked a long path to get to this point and I hope our journey will help you be more tolerant of those with challenges, be confident in seeking help when you need it, and understand a little more about feeding therapy. This past week we had our very first consult with a local Speech-Language Pathologist (SLP)/Feeding Therapist.  Yes, you read that correctly.  I am a certified health coach and have a Ph.D. in Psychology and we are going to feeding therapy with our son.  We have known for awhile that something wasn’t “right”, but our independent kiddo was terrified of medical professionals so we patiently waited. Two months ago he  conquered his fear of medical professionals.  Two weeks ago after screaming about the food placed before him and vomiting when trying a new food we asked him if he wanted to like food and stop being afraid.  You know what he said?  He looked at us tearfully and said the magic words “yes, I want help.” *insert happy dance here…and maybe some tears*  This is the moment we have been waiting for.  Our independent little man was ready for help.  He was so excited and relieved to get help that he got up from the table and got his shoes on.  He said he was ready to go talk to someone who could help – at 7pm on a Sunday night. Early Monday morning we contacted Autumn, a local SLP/Feeding Therapist who we had heard great things about even though she just moved to town two months ago, and asked how long it would take to get an appointment.  We told Autumn that our son was very excited to get help and we wanted to get in as soon as possible.  She obtained a referral from our pediatrician within two hours and scheduled...
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