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About Diane Bahr

  Diane Bahr is a visionary with a mission. For more than 30 years, she has treated children and adults with feeding, motor speech, and mouth function problems. While she is a speech-language pathologist by training, she has also honed her skills as a feeding therapist, published author, international speaker, university instructor, and business owner. Diane co-owns Ages and Stages®, LLC with her husband and business manager Joe Bahr. She is also a mother and a grandmother.    
  Diane's newest parent book FEED YOUR BABY AND TODDLER RIGHT: EARLY EATING AND DRINKING SKILLS ENCOURAGE THE BEST DEVELOPMENT (Future Horizons, 2018) is an updated, expanded, parent-friendly feeding manual for parents of children birth to age two years. It has crucial developmental checklists as well as good breastfeeding, bottle-feeding, spoon-feeding, cup-drinking, straw-drinking and chewing practices and what to do if problems arise. It can be purchased at Future Horizons, Amazon, and Barnes and Noble.
  Diane has been studying feeding, motor speech, and mouth function for most of her career. Her textbook ORAL MOTOR ASSESSMENT AND TREATMENT: AGES AND STAGES (Allyn & Bacon Publishers, 2001) was the first of its kind, addressing the assessment and treatment of these areas across the lifespan. Diane also co-chaired the Oral Motor Institute study group for 5 years to help improve understanding of oral sensory-motor treatment within the professional community.
  Diane's current parent book NOBODY EVER TOLD ME (OR MY MOTHER) THAT! EVERYTHING FROM BOTTLES AND BREATHING TO HEALTHY SPEECH DEVELOPMENT (Sensory World, 2010) is the comprehensive instruction manual every parent needs. It outlines and explains specific details of feeding, speech, and mouth development in the first 3 years of a child's life in a parent-friendly manner. Free Parent Book Guides make this book easy-to-use.

Her Current Vision and Mission

  Diane wants all children to have the best possible feeding, speech, and mouth development. This is accomplished by educating parents and professionals in the best possible practices. Diane's parent book is the first step. She sees this goal as a four-part process on which she will continue to work:  
  Diane is removing the guesswork from childhood feeding, speech, and mouth development. So, let's help her create a cultural shift toward the prevention of feeding, speech, and mouth development problems in children and a legacy of the best mouth development possible in current and future generations.  
  Learn more about Diane Bahr by reviewing her publications, presentations, and accomplishments.  
  Awareness is the first step toward change. Through the eye of awareness, parents and professionals first gain an understanding of how a process such as the development of feeding unfolds. Awareness without judgment enables them to apply general knowledge and observation to specific children and make better decisions. Quote from Dr. Suzanne Evans Morris, Forward to NOBODY EVER TOLD ME (OR MY MOTHER) THAT! EVERYTHING FROM BOTTLES AND BREATHING TO HEALTHY SPEECH DEVELOPMENT (Bahr, 2010, p. xv)