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Age Guide for Feeding, Speech,
and Mouth Development


Checklists and Activities Found in the Book:


  NOBODY EVER TOLD ME (OR MY MOTHER) THAT!
EVERYTHING FROM BOTTLES AND BREATHING TO HEALTHY SPEECH DEVELOPMENT

By Diane Bahr (Sensory World, 2010)

  The Age Guide for Feeding, Speech, and Mouth Development provides quick and easy access to the checklists and activities in this comprehensive child development manual. It is fun and exciting to see children's accomplishments as they grow. Here are three steps to help you track and encourage a child's progress:

1. Complete the checklists for the child's age or corrected/adjusted age
2. Read the descriptive information surrounding the checklists
3. Apply simple-to-use techniques to encourage skills the child needs to develop

There are many books on breast-feeding, childhood nutrition, and child development, but I have not found any other book for parents that outlines and explains the mechanics of feeding, speech, and mouth development. Good feeding techniques and appropriate mouth activities are essential for your child's overall health, well-being, and, ultimately, proper speech development (Bahr, 2010, p. xvii).
 
The items in bold lettering within the following chart are overall skill-development checklists for feeding, speech, and mouth development. They help you keep track of a child's specific development in these areas. Most of the checklists (found within this guide) reflect typical developmental milestones with the exception of the potential signs of autism (in italics) and the preemie characteristics checklist. Under each age group, the topics are listed sequentially as they are found within the book.


 
AGE FEEDING SPEECH MOUTH DEVELOPMENT
Preemies (less than 37 weeks gestation) Characteristics: pp. 323-324

Note: Use the pages listed for full-term newborns, etc. as the child reaches that adjusted/corrected age (i.e., age if born on due date)
Note: Use the pages listed for full-term newborns, etc. as the child reaches that adjusted/corrected age (i.e., age if born on due date) Characteristics: pp. 323-324

Note: Use the pages listed for full-term newborns, etc. as the child reaches that adjusted/corrected age (i.e., age if born on due date)
Near-Term (37 to 39 weeks gestation) Note: Use the pages listed for full-term newborns, etc. knowing there may be subtle differences such as undeveloped or missing sucking pads (p. 322) Note: Use the pages listed for full-term newborns, etc. knowing there may be subtle differences or delays (p. 322) Note: Use the pages listed for full-term newborns, etc. knowing there may be subtle differences such as undeveloped or missing sucking pads (p. 322)
Full-Term Newborns (40 weeks gestation) Breast/Bottle Skills:
pp. 24-25

Feeding Positions: pp. 28-29

Bottle Nipple Choice: p. 34

Breast/Bottle Latch: pp. 36-37

Breast/Bottle Flow: pp. 38-39

Feeding Problems: pp. 40-41

Baby Body Language:
pp. 43-44

Appropriate Liquids:
pp. 181-182
Note: See "Tips to Encourage Good Vocal and Speech Development from Birth,"
pp. 216-218
Mouth Structure: pp. 5-6

Mouth Reflexes: pp. 12-14

Hand-Mouth Reflexes:
pp. 86-87

Pacifier Use: p. 111

Mouthing: p. 140

Bite Reflex/Chewing: p. 147

Face/Mouth/Vocal Development: p. 290
1 Month Feeding Positions: pp. 28-29

Bottle Nipple Choice: p. 34

Breast/Bottle Latch: pp. 36-37

Breast/Bottle Flow: pp. 38-39

Feeding Problems: pp. 40-41

Baby Body Language:
pp. 43-44

Feeding Skills: p. 46

Appropriate Liquids:
pp. 181-182
Speech Skills: p. 219

Communication Skills:
p. 235

Potential Signs of Autism:
p. 334
Mouthing: pp. 93, 140

Pacifier Use: p. 111

Drooling: p. 115

Bite Reflex/Chewing: p. 147

Face/Mouth/Vocal Development: p. 292
2 to 4 Months Feeding Positions: pp. 28-29

Bottle Nipple Choice: p. 34

Breast/Bottle Latch: pp. 36-37

Breast/Bottle Flow: pp. 38-39

Feeding Problems: pp. 40-41

Baby Body Language:
pp. 43-44

Feeding Skills: pp. 46-47

Appropriate Liquids:
pp. 181-182
Speech Skills: p. 219

Communication Skills:
pp. 236-238

Potential Signs of Autism:
pp. 334-335
Hand-Mouth Skills: p. 89

Mouthing: pp. 93-94, 140-141

Pacifier Use: p. 111

Drooling: p. 115

Bite Reflex/Chewing: p. 147

Face/Mouth/Vocal Development: pp. 292-294
3 to 6 Months Feeding Positions: pp. 28-29

Bottle Nipple Choice: p. 34

Breast/Bottle Latch: pp. 36-37

Breast/Bottle Flow: pp. 38-39

Feeding Problems: pp. 40-41

Baby Body Language:
pp. 43-44

Feeding Skills: pp. 48-49

Introducing Foods and Liquids: pp. 181-182

Breast/Bottle Weaning: p. 191
Speech Skills: pp. 219-220

Communication Skills:
pp. 238-241

Potential Signs of Autism:
p. 335
Hand-Mouth Skills: p. 89

Mouthing/Teething:
pp. 95-96, 141

Pacifier Use: p. 111

Teething/Drooling:
pp. 115-116

Chewing/Bite Reflex: p. 147

Face/Mouth/Vocal Development: pp. 293-295
5 to 9 Months Sitting Position: p. 159

Spoon Feeding:
pp. 161, 165-166

Open-Cup Drinking:
pp. 166-167, 171

Straw Drinking: pp. 172, 176

Taking Bites/Chewing:
pp. 177, 181

Introducing Foods and Liquids: pp. 182-183

How Much to Feed:
pp. 187-188

Breast/Bottle Weaning: p. 191

Feeding Skills: pp. 202-204
Speech Skills: pp. 219-220

Communication Skills:
pp. 240-245

Potential Signs of Autism:
p. 335

Mouthing/Teething:
pp. 99-100, 141

Pacifier Weaning: p. 111

Teething/Drooling: p. 116

Chewing/Bite Reflex: p. 147

Face/Mouth/Vocal Development: pp. 294-297
9 to 12 Months Introducing Foods and Liquids: pp. 183-184

How Much to Feed:
pp. 187-188

Breast/Bottle Weaning: p. 192

Feeding Skills: p. 206
Speech Skills: p. 221

Communication Skills:
pp. 247-248

Potential Signs of Autism:
p. 335
Mouth Play/Teething:
pp. 101-102, 141

Pacifier Weaning:
p. 111

Teething/Drooling:
pp. 116-117

Chewing/Bite Reflex: p. 147

Face/Mouth/Vocal Development: p. 298
12 to 15 Months Introducing Foods and Liquids: p. 184

How Much to Feed:
pp. 187-188

Breast/Bottle Weaning: p. 192

Feeding Skills: pp. 207-208
Speech Skills: pp. 221-222

Communication Skills:
pp. 250-252

Potential Signs of Autism:
p. 335
Mouth Play/Teething:
pp. 103-104, 141

Teething/Drooling: p. 117

Face/Mouth/Vocal Development: pp. 299-300

15 to 18 Months Introducing Foods and Liquids: p. 184

How Much to Feed:
pp. 187-188

Breast/Bottle Weaning: p. 192

Feeding Skills: p. 210
Speech Skills: p. 222

Communication Skills:
pp. 253-255

Potential Signs of Autism:
p. 335
Mouth Play/Teething:
pp. 103-104, 141

Teething/Drooling: p. 117

Face/Mouth/Vocal Development: pp. 299-300
18 to 21 Months Introducing Foods and Liquids: pp. 184-185

How Much to Feed:
pp. 187-188

Feeding Skills: pp. 211-212

Speech Skills: pp. 222-223

Communication Skills:
pp. 256-257

Potential Signs of Autism:
p. 335
Mouth Play/Teething:
pp. 106-107, 141

Teething/Drooling:
pp. 117-118

Face/Mouth/Vocal Development: p. 301
21 to 24 Months Introducing Foods and Liquids: p. 185

How Much to Feed:
pp. 187-188

Feeding Skills: pp. 212-213
Speech Skills: pp. 223-224

Communication Skills:
pp. 258-260

Potential Signs of Autism:
p. 335
Mouth Play/Teething:
pp. 106-107, 141

Teething/Drooling: p. 118

Face/Mouth/Vocal Development: p. 301
2 to 3 Years Note: A child's feeding skills are mature Speech Skills: pp. 224-225

Communication Skills:
pp. 262-267
Face/Mouth/Vocal Development: p. 303
3 to 4 Years   Speech Skills: p. 225 Face/Mouth/Vocal Development: p. 303
4 to 8 Years   Speech Skills: pp. 225-226 Face/Mouth/Vocal Development: p. 303
7 to 10 Years   Note: A child's speech sound production skills mature by age 8 Face/Mouth/Vocal Development: p. 304
10 to 18+ Years     Face/Mouth/Vocal Development: pp. 305-307

Note: Face, mouth, and vocal development mature during this time