How to Plan a Meal for a Picky Eater: 3 Simple Steps to Mealtime Success

Do you struggle with deciding what to feed your picky eater? Should you try something new or stick to a favorite food? It’s a lot to think about and we know how overwhelming it can be.  We’re fans of keeping things simple. In the picky eating world, everything can feel complicated. And when things are complicated, they’re often not sustainable day-to-day. Life lifes and things happen, so we believe in quick guidelines that provide some …

“W” Sitting

What is “W” Sitting? In sitting, a child sits on their bottom with their knees bent and feet positioned outside of their hips. Their bottom tends to sit on the floor, while their feet are splayed out to the sides; forming a “w” shape with the legs and knees1.   Why Should Parents Be Concerned if Their Child “W” Sits? Hip Dislocation:2 “W” sitting places the hips at the limits of internal rotation (source) Leads …

Using Food to Earn Rewards

“If you eat your broccoli you can have dessert.” We all know that conversation well. We heard it as children, and we more than likely have said something similar to our own kids. It feels second nature (even to us)! But we are going to invite you to think about that type of conversation from a new perspective.  We believe foods are neutral. There are no inherently “good” or “bad” foods. But we have all …

Developmental Hip Dysplasia

What is Hip Dysplasia?  Hip dysplasia occurs when a baby’s hip socket is too shallow to cover the head of the thigh bone to fit properly1. In general, developmental dysplasia of the hip is instability or looseness of the hip joint.  Hip Joint Anatomy Overview The hip joint is a ball (femoral head) and socket (acetabulum) joint held together by ligaments.  Babies are naturally flexible due to the soft cartilage surrounding the hip joint; this …

Food Chaining: Stepping Stones to Food Variety

If you’re a parent of a picky eater, you might wonder “how do I get from Point A (what they eat now) to Point B (what I want them to eat)?” For example, I know they love chicken nuggets and french fries, but how do I get them to eat grilled chicken and roasted sweet potatoes?  This is where a concept called “Food Chaining” comes in. Food chaining is essentially just creating stepping stones between …

Rett Syndrome Awareness Month

We have only touched upon some pieces of Rett Syndrome this month.  As Rett Syndrome Awareness Month comes to a close, we urge you to continue to learn about this.  We want to share some resources with you.  These organizations are valuable resources, and they do a lot of fundraising for research to find a cure.  These organizations go beyond fundraising!  These organizations offer so many resources and family support. RettSyndrome.org Rett Syndrome Research Trust …

Rett Syndrome Awareness Month-It’s in the Eyes

I came across this quote on Facebook and Pinterest, but the author was not cited.  Eye gaze is so strong in those with Rett Syndrome.  You can see the stories they have to tell when they look at you.  The communication that comes from their eyes when you truly get to know them. When you have that connection that makes you stop and “listen” to their eyes. Yes, they have their high tech devices and …

Tanya Scott, MS, CCC-SLP

Speech Language Pathologist

Tanya moved from Boston to San Diego. She earned her Master's degree from Emerson College in Boston, in Communication Disorders in 2004 and a second master's degree in Assistive Technology from Simmons College in Boston, in 2012. Tanya has provided speech and language services for children who have complex communication needs, using low and/or high tech augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) with varying diagnoses. Tanya has been mentored by experts in Rett Syndrome and complex communication needs. She is PODD trained and attends the yearly assistive technology conferences. She has experience using a variety of AAC devices and working with alternative access, including eye gaze and switch use. In her free time, Tanya enjoys exploring San Diego, going to the beach and spending time with her dog.