Listen to co-owners Stacy Pulley & Terri Cooper as they introduce you to Family Tree Therapies and the services they provide in West Michigan. Family Tree Therapies (the Treehouse!) offers speech-language therapy, occupational therapy, feeding therapy, parent coaching and reading support to families and children in our area. Our podcast will answer questions, dive deeper into topics, give real time strategies and motivate/empower you to take on your own role in your child's therapy program.
Meet Patrick McKeown : A Matter of Life and Death
In this episode, join Stacy and Terri as they talk with the Director of Education at Buteyko Clinic International, Patrick McKeown. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Biology, a Member of the Physiological Society (UK), a Member of Academy of Applied Myofunctional Sciences, and a Fellow of the International Academy of Breathing and Health. He is an educator and author of several books, including his latest "The Breathing Cure" which is a compilation of his exercises and explanations of how many ailments can be traced back to the breath. We are honored to share Patrick's voice today as we acknowledge that his work truly is a matter of life and death.
You can find articles to referenced in this podcast in notes below.
The collection of his work on Amazon
Buteyko Clinic International
Meet Jessica & Nora: Mom, OT, Orthotropic Client & Her Sweet Girl
Today Stacy and Terri introduce Jessica Crafton, an OT at Family Tree Therapies and her sweet daughter, Nora. Jessica has decided to share Nora's journey through orthotropic dentistry and we are so so glad she did! We are going to follow Nora so that parents become aware of this VERY important issue - sleep disordered breathing and healthy orofacial growth! Thank you Jessica for sharing your journey as a mom and a therapists so that you can help lead the way for others to feel empowered to manage the health of their child!
Meet Dr. Mike Mew : The Power To Heal Yourself
Join Stacy & Terri as we introduce Dr. Mike Mew! Dr. Mew is an orthodontist that practices in London. He is the son of professor John Mew. They are well known for their work with "Orthotropics" which is a facial growth guidance system that results in straight teeth, wider palates and a more patent airway. Dr. Mew is extremely generous with his knowledge and shares a history of why he has come to have these beliefs. He has challenged many in the orthodontic community to think more critically regarding their practices. He welcomes discussion and future research with all professionals. He shares not only his background and his wealth of knowledge, but his top tips for all people on how to heal yourself. Listen in as Dr. Mew teaches you his valuable information and gives tips on getting your child the healthiest start that you can!
Dr. Mew's You Tube channel
The Black Swan - 2009
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Meet Debra Beckman : The Importance of Early Motor Development
Meet Debra Beckman! Where to start with Debra and all of the amazing work she has done and contributions to the field of speech pathology. She joins Stacy & Terri today to discuss her work, how it began and how she continues it. She has worked across the lifespan from birth to 99 and has implemented her own protocol to aid babies through adults with improving their oral facial muscle function for improved speech and swallowing. She is a pioneer in the field, writing books, lecturing, teaching and holding patents on special tools that help therapists each day in their work. We are honored to have Debra for a conversation about her work, how to best help parents, what to look for in a therapist, the importance of breastfeeding and more! Join us in the conversation and see the link to all of her work below!
All the wonderful Debra info!
Meet Diane Bahr: Promoting Lifelong Health Through Proper Feeding Skills
We are proud to introduce Diane Bahr, a speech and language pathologist, feeding therapist and Certified Infant Massage Instructor. She has over 40 years experience in the field working with infants through adults with communication, feeding and speech challenges. She has written several books (linked below), has an amazing website with tons of parent friendly resources and is a speaker & educator - lecturing all over the world, providing quality information to parents and professionals.
This podcast is a learning experience for parents and professionals. Watching the video presentation on You Tube will be helpful as we put in highlights, resources, websites and more as Diane attempts to summarize her years into one short interview! Diane will talk about infant developmental motor and feeding milestones, family centered approaches and her favorite tools. There is so much to gain from this listening/video experience. We hope you enjoy!
Diane's full set of PDF slides and infant checklists can be found at her podcast link on our website at:
Diane's free professional and parent e-courses
Nobody Ever Told Me (or my mother) That! : Everything from Bottles to Breathing to Healthy Speech Development
Feed Your Baby and Toddler Right: Early eating and drinking skills encourage the best development
Oral Motor Assessment and Treatment: Ages and Stages
Just Take a Bite: Easy Effective Answers to Food Aversions and Eating Challenges
Meet Dr. O'Rourke & Change Your Life!
Dramatic headline? We don't think so - meet Dr. Karen O'Rourke. She is a dentist that specializes in "orthotropics" which is a treatment that focuses on guiding the growth of the face. Why is this important in our little ones? Because the growth of the face, placement of the jaw and tongue and eruption of teeth all help to stabilize an open, patent airway. As we know, breathing is key to life, so let's start when they are little with the RIGHT information.
Let's ask questions, learn and advocate for ourselves and our children's future. Dr. O'Rourke's information is based in solid science and years of clinical experience. We can tell you first hand the difference she makes in the children that we refer to her practice. So tune in and be EXCITED because you are about to learn information that will improve your health and the long term health of your child!