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Kent therapy organization has specialists to teach kids to eat

What would you do if your baby, toddler or child did not eat?

A surprising number of parents face this agonizing question. For a variety of reasons – some kids have trouble swallowing correctly; other kids can't move food in their mouths. There are kids who have been on ventilators to help them breath, and they may not like anything around their mouth. Some children don't like the texture of food on their hands, on their lips or in their mouths.

Fortunately, for these kids and their parents, there is help right here at Children's Therapy Center (CTC) and South King Early Intervention Program (SKIP). They have highly skilled, trained oral motor therapists who excel at helping kids overcome these problems and who help parents learn how to help their kids.

The therapy organization hosts an Oral Motor/Feeding Workshop for therapists, nurses, educators and parents Feb. 7-9. Gay Lloyd Pinder, Ph.D., leads the workshop at Wesley Homes-Lea Hill, 32049 109th Place SE, Auburn.

Pinder has focused her 30-year career on children with oral motor and feeding issues. Her therapy is child-centered and family-focused, and is based on a holistic perspective of development.

The course will offer hands-on training in treatment techniques for introducing and refining spoon feeding, cup drinking, and finger feeding.

To learn more about the workshop, visit www.dynamicpartners.org/workshops.

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