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

By Diane Bahr (Sensory World, 2010)

Now you have your book in hand. How will you use it?
  Parents, pediatricians, nurses, lactation consultants, dieticians, child care providers, therapists, and early interventionists are busy people. Therefore, I created some guides to help you quickly and easily navigate the extensive information found in this comprehensive child development manual. You can look up information by age and/or topic as needed. Here is an analogy: Think of this book as similar to your car manual. If you need to know what oil to use in your car, you look it up. You don't read the entire manual. These guides help you look up what you need when you need it. Here are just a few of the amazing things 6-month-old children can do:

  •  Eat from a spoon
  •  Drink from a cup and straw
  •  Eat soft baby cookies
  •  Say most vowels and many      consonants
  •  Mouth toys discriminatively

See the Age Guide for Feeding, Speech, and Mouth Development for specific pages.
  The Age Guide for Feeding, Speech, and Mouth Development directs you to the checklists and activities describing these developmental processes in detail. It is organized from youngest to oldest age groups. You may then:

      Check off what a baby or young child is doing at a particular age level
      Read additional information and explanations in adjoining pages
      Find easy-to-use activities to enhance and encourage a child's best development
  Two topic guides direct you to pages about the specific topics you need. These are the Topic Guide for Feeding, Speech, and Mouth Development and the Topic Guide for Health Concerns, Finding Professional Help, and Children with Special Needs. Topics are listed sequentially as they appear within the book. You will find out about hot topics such as:
        When to introduce foods, how to feed, and how much to feed a child
      What a child should be saying and communicating in the first 3 years
      How to tell if a child is at risk for Autism Spectrum or other disorders
      Pacifier and thumb-sucking guidelines
      Mouthing, drooling, and teething
      Allergies, sensitivities, and other health problems
      Many other crucial topics for raising a healthy child
  My goal is to help children have the best possible feeding, speech, and mouth development beginning at birth. I hope these guides make your life easier as a parent, care provider, or professional.