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Diane Bahr, MS, CCC-SLP

April 2012

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Read the first two paragraphs from the original blog found on Special-ism.com.


If you are reading this article, you probably have a child with an “ism” or a challenge. Yet, when you think about it, everyone has “isms.” I have been a speech-language pathologist (SLP) for over 30 years. I am also a mom and have had two siblings with defined “isms.” So I have been around a lot of people with specific challenges for most of my life. This is one reason I wrote the book Nobody Ever Told Me (or my Mother) That!: Everything from Bottles and Breathing to Healthy Speech Development. However, the book was written for all parents, care providers, and pediatricians.

Preventing Feeding and Mouth Problems

In writing the book, I asked the question: How many parents, pediatricians, and others know the specific details of feeding, speech, and mouth development scattered throughout the speech-language pathology and other developmental literature? As an example, one often invisible disorder with “ism” in its name (i.e., autism) is characterized by early speech and communication delays. Some children with autism also had early feeding and mouth development problems. By keeping track of a baby’s develop from birth, the “isms” that characterize autism and other developmental disorders can be spotted early and prevented or at least circumvented.