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Speech and Feeding Difficulties

If your child has trouble controlling lips, tongue or jaw muscles — from talking to eating, or sipping from a straw — these are tough skills to master and I can help your child develop those skills. Your little one has a lisp or a ‘funny r-sound’? With a little time and practice, fun and games we can make it better!

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Articulation Difficulties

If your little one has any of these difficulties below than they might have an articulation difficulty/disorder. You may already be aware of this but equally you may not know why your child is struggling with any of these:

  • mouth frequently hangs open
  • trouble sticking out tongue or moving it from side to side
  • hard to understand
  • says a ‘th’ instead of an ‘s’
  • drools past the age of 18 months
  • takes extra time to form words while speaking
  • is struggling with speech sounds generally
  • uses mostly vowel sounds after 18 months (“aah-aah” instead of “mama”)
  • leaves out some consonants in words  ( “at” instead of “cat”)
  • adds extra sounds to words (“animinal” instead of “animal”)
  • has trouble stringing together syllables in the right order (“minacin” instead of “cinnamon”)
  • is stammering, repeating syllables or getting stuck on words

If your child is having any of the above difficulties please get in touch, I can evaluate all areas and provide solutions to help.

Feeding, eating, drinking & swallowing

As a Dysphagia Speech Therapist and Lactation Consultant I am best placed to help you establish optimal infant feeding techniques. Feeding a baby with developmental delay or any type of syndrome can be tricky due to low or high muscle tone, palatal deformity, weak suck, or low endurance. I would love to help you overcome these issues and succeed on your feeding journey.  I fully support you whatever way you choose to feed your baby (breast, bottle or both)

If your baby or toddler has any of these difficulties below then I would love to help unravel the cause of it for you. You may already be aware of this difficulty if your child has a diagnosis of low muscle tone or other neurological difficulties, but equally you may not know why your child is struggling with any of these:

  • splattering, pulling away, grimacing whilst feeding at the breast or bottle
  • breastfeeding is painful
  • bottle feeding is very slow
  • weaning is difficult; your child refuses to take purees and cries or vomits
  • gagging on, or shortly after, feeds
  • your child’s mouth is always open and there is drooling
  • tongue movements are limited, chewing foods is difficult

​Feel free to contact me so that I can help you resolve these issues.

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