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Resources for Feeding, Eating, Drinking, Speech, and Mouth/Airway Function



Diane has done it again! Her new book, FEED YOUR BABY & TODDLER RIGHT, is a valuable tool for any parent or professional. She outlines first-years’ development details and characteristics like no other resource. I love the ages and stages check sheets and write-in charts. She tells me exactly what my child needs to be doing and when—very helpful. Most importantly, she shares practical solutions not only on how to effectively breastfeed and/or bottle-feed, but how to transition into spoon-feeding, cup-drinking, straw-drinking, chewing, and swallowing. A highly recommended resource! —Char Boshart, MA, CCC-SLP; Speech-Language Pathologist, Author, and Lecturer; Ellijay, Georgia, USA
This book is an excellent and useful tool with appropriate guidelines for all families with infants and toddlers. The foundation for optimal orofacial growth and development begins with early eating and drinking skills. Diane Bahr, MS, CCC-SLP has a vast array of experience and expertise in this area which will be useful for many healthcare professionals as well. —Marge Foran, RDH, COM; Dental Professional, Certified Orofacial Myologist; Montana, USA
Diane Bahr’s expertise helps parents appreciate the complex, yet amazing capabilities of the babies and children they are responsible for properly feeding. I’m incredibly thankful for Diane’s commitment to review and summarize thousands of pages of current research into simple, easy to understand checklists. Her book is packed with numerous tools and invaluable knowledge related to feeding and mouth development. This book is a treasure for any parent or child development professional. —Julia Franklin, MS, CCC-SLP; Speech-Language Pathologist; Charlotte, North Carolina, USA
As a parent, clinician, lecturer, and advocate for understanding appropriate feeding skills and intervention, I value all the work Diane has continued to share with the public. Her simple explanations of complex topics help both parents and professionals better understand the steps of intervention. Her expertise continues to guide the field of feeding, and her willingness to share her knowledge is steadfast. Each chapter of her new book, FEED YOUR BABY & TODDLER RIGHT, provides specific information regarding development and practical introduction of foods and liquids. I look forward to sharing her information with parents and medical professionals for many years to come. —Kristie Gatto, MA, CCC-SLP, COM; Speech-Language Pathologist, Certified Orofacial Myologist; Former President of the International Association of Orofacial Myology; Texas, USA
Diane Bahr’s FEED YOUR BABY & TODDLER RIGHT is a concise and practical book for parents and professionals alike. The format provides an overview of the developmental feeding stages from babyhood to toddler-age children. Her feeding competencies designed in a checklist format provide parents, caregivers, and professionals an easy reference from which to work. Access to sources for services and tools recommended are easily identifiable in the text. Diane’s knowledge and experience have made possible this comprehensive yet simple and accessible book for everyone. Her reference bibliography gives the reader a glimpse of her thoroughness and dedication in the writing of this book. —Rosalba D. Gutierrez, MS, IBCLC; International Board Certified Lactation Consultant; Texas, USA
Diane’s book demonstrates the depth and specialism of her work. She covers each key topic in great detail, and in a way that makes this book required reading for both parents and professionals. Of particular use are the key developmental checklists and the links to specialists and additional resources/tools. It has been my great pleasure to work with Diane for a number of years. Her specialist knowledge, highly effective problem-solving approach, and generous spirit are making a big difference for a member of my family. —Dr. Margaret Hobson, MEd, PhD; Education Consultant; United Kingdom
This information about feeding in Diane’s book FEED YOUR BABY & TODDLER RIGHT is invaluable, both for my typically developing child and my child with special needs. I wish I would have had these concise guidelines and checklists from the beginning. Feeding would have been much less overwhelming! —Kate Jacobs; Parent; Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
How we feed our babies and transition them to solids is crucial to their development. Diane's newest book is definitive, evidence-based, and easy to follow. Parents have a lot to navigate these days, especially with social media, so this book by one of our leading experts in the field of pediatric feeding is a must-have! —Nina Ayd Johanson, MS, MA, CCC-SLP, CEIM, CHHP; Speech-Language Pathologist, Pediatric Feeding Specialist, Certified Infant Massage Intructor; Baltimore, Maryland, USA
Diane Bahr communicates the vital topic of infant and toddler nourishment with thoroughness and sensitive consideration of the reader. Mothers will find the language easy to follow and the content encouraging, thus providing a sense of empowerment—something that is critical in any aspect of parenting. Her books have also been highly regarded among many healthcare professionals, and her approach toward best functional outcomes is outstanding. I will definitely share her book with my patients. —Dr. Marjan Jones; Integrative Dentist; Australia
Diane has written a clear, easy to understand guide of oral sensory-motor skill development for successful feeding. This book should be in the library of every parent who desires to approach overall healthcare in a preventative manner. So many of our mouth development, feeding, and dental (malocclusions) problems could be prevented or minimized by early and appropriate feeding. I will be purchasing one for my son, his wife, and my first grandchild. —Phyllis J. Magelky, MS, CCC-SLP, COM; Speech-Language Pathologist, Certified Orofacial Myologist; Fargo, North Dakota, USA
I loved reading Diane Bahr’s new book, and parents will love having this book on hand as their baby develops. Not only will parents learn the how, what, and when of feeding skills, they will also understand why it is so very important to establish good feeding skills early and how that relates to healthy airway development. Parents will love the blow-by-blow explanations of what babies can do, when to expect it, and how to help them do it with lots of practical tips. This book is not just for parents. Professionals who work with babies and young children will appreciate the deep, clinical, detail-derived information from Di’s extensive clinical experience. It may serve as a wonderful teaching tool for healthcare practitioners who are learning how to work “in the mouths of babes.” Congratulations Di, very well done. —Sharon Moore, CPSP; Speech Pathologist; Author of Sleep Wrecked Kids; Australia
The book FEED YOUR BABY & TODDLER RIGHT contains unique health information that parents, the public, and healthcare professionals need to know. It furthers the understanding of what Dr. Charles H. Mayo said in 1934 about the value of oral health in disease prevention. Even today, the Mayo Clinic says overall health reflects oral health. Diane Bahr, an oral and overall health pioneer, continues the quest for better health at the earliest treatable age. —Dr. David C. Page, Sr.; Functional Jaw Orthopedist, Integrative Dentist; Author of Your Jaws - Your Life; Baltimore, MD, USA
Diane Bahr’s new book, FEED YOUR BABY & TODDLER RIGHT, is an invaluable resource in outlining the benefits of proper child feeding. As a product of her conscientious research, Diane has staked her position as a trusted, knowledgeable voice in the vanguard of pediatric oral sensory-motor assessment and treatment. Her desire to cultivate a generation of healthy children free of feeding, speech, and mouth development pathologies materializes through offering parents and clinicians alike a pragmatic educational set of the best possible practices. —Sanda Valcu-Pinkerton, RDHAP, COM; Certified Orofacial Myologist; The Breathe Institute in Los Angeles, California, USA
Diane Bahr has done truly outstanding work in gathering the evidence-based literature with perspectives of various thought-leaders into an actionable checklist for parents to learn how the simple acts of eating and drinking can impact a child’s long-term orofacial health and airway development. This book is a comprehensive resource on feeding, oral sensory-motor skills, and functional development, written in a style that is accessible by parents and professionals alike. I implore mothers, fathers, and educational/clinical leaders to congratulate Diane for her steadfast dedication to child development and oral health. I am truly honored to collaborate and learn from such a dedicated visionary! —Dr. Soroush Zaghi, MD, ENT; Sleep Surgeon; The Breathe Institute in Los Angeles, California, USA