Does it seem that just when you have gotten the hang of breast or bottle feeding baby, it’s time to start thinking about solid food?
In this class, an infant development specialist will discuss current nutritional and feeding recommendations from medical community, how to know when your baby is developmentally ready to start solids, different approaches to infant feeding, how to support healthy sensory and oral motor development as it relates to feeding, and how to encourage an adventurous pallet in your child. We’ll also address and debunk some of the common myths and outdated advice still circulating about infant feeding.
- Learn the readiness signs that your infant is ready to start solids and understand
- Understand the role of the sensory and motor systems as they relate to the infant’s abilities to manage solid foods
- Learn basics of growth (height and weight over first year)
- Understand different approaches and create happy mealtimes
Individual workshop registration is $25 for one parent/baby pair. Additional family members $15. Prenatal families also welcome.
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About the Instructor
Sarah Laryea, co-founder and co-owner of Playwell, is an occupational therapist with over a decade of experience working with young children. She specialized in motor skill development, cognitive development, and sensory system/regulation for children. Sarah is also a licensed baby and child massage therapist. Through Playwell, Sarah is excited to offer caregivers and children a nurturing environment to spend time together and utilizing play to enhance children’s development.
Sarah has over twelve years of extensive pediatric experience spanning from embryology through to childhood development. She has spent her career working with babies born prematurely as well as infants and toddlers in the communities with a variety of developmental delays. Her career has allowed her to work with various areas for growth including: hypotonia, hypertonia, sensory modulation disorders, general cognitive delays, difficulty with feeding, and general movement disorders. Earlier in her career, Sarah was instrumental in the development of preventative and wellness care at George Washington University NICU. In 2010, she helped to establish GWU’s full-time NICU program.
Sarah holds an M.S. in Occupational Therapy from Virginia Commonwealth University,B.S. in Psychology from Virginia Commonwealth University. She is a certified Educator of Infant Massage.
Sarah is a mother of two and she enjoys traveling, running, drinking coffee, anything near the water, messy play with her kids, and trying new restaurants.
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