Sunday, 25 October 2015

Speech Therapists in Korea

Updated 25 June 2017

Here are some speech therapists in Korea. If you know of any others that should be added to the list, please let me know.
 The Teaching of Talking
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Mindcare Institute
  • They might offer English speech therapy (there are mixed reviews about the quality).

Seoul Foreign School
  • They may have hired a new speech therapist, but I don't know if they are allowed to see children who are not students.

Severance International Hospital Yeson Voice Center in Apgujeong
  • Part of a big hospital. 

Working with your child
If you are unable to find an English speaking speech therapist, you might want to try working with your child at home. The book, The Teaching of Talking has lots of good information.

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Tuesday, 20 October 2015

Recommended Books

Here's a list of all the books I've recommended.
 What to expect when you're expecting
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Thursday, 15 October 2015

When Will My Baby Sleep Through the Night?

Updated 6 April 2016

Many parents ask this question and there are a lot of factors that come into play. The good news is that by the time your child is in kindergarten they will sleep through the night. (I'm not even kidding.) Babies aren't meant to sleep through the night, and research backs this up, for a variety of reasons.
  1. Babies enter sleep through REM sleep meaning that it's easier for them to wake up. They also have more REM cycles than adults which means they are more likely to wake up. The fact that they wake up so often is due to a survival mechanism. 
  2. No one knows what causes SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome) but one theory says that babies simply forget to breath. While this sounds ridiculous to us as adults, look at babies and you can see how helpless they are. They can't even burp by themselves. This theory says that if a baby wakes up more often they are less likely to forget to breath, which is another reason why babies aren't meant to sleep through the night.
  3. Another reason babies wake up a lot is because they have small stomachs. Food is digested quickly and they want more. Breastmilk is more easily digested than formula and breastfed babies may wake up more often.
  4. Babies know that their moms are essential to their survival for food, safety, comfort, and warmth. They wake up because they want to make sure their mom is close to them. 
Officially "sleeping through the night" is when your baby sleeps for 5 hours straight. Remember that infants should be waking up every 3-4 hours to feed, so this isn't likely to happen until your baby is around 5-6 months old. With our parenting skills being put under the microscope due to social media, parents often feel pressured to lie about their baby sleeping through the night. Stop comparing yourself and your baby to others. It's simply not fair. Some people find that when they co-sleep with their baby their baby wakes up more, while for others the opposite is true. You'll have to find what works for you.

There are lots of different ways to put a baby to sleep. Babies seem to like rocking, bouncing, white noise (there are apps and some people try hair dryers, vacuum cleaners, or tennis balls in the washer), singing, car rides, etc. Here's a cute video showing how one parent uses a tissue to get a baby to sleep. The key is to creating a routine and sticking to it if at all possible. Here are some recommended books to help get you started.

Some parents are more strict than others and put their baby on a schedule as soon as they get home, while others are more laid-back. For me personally, my 4 year old has slept through the night (8+ hours) twice. Once when she was jet-lagged at 9 months old and once when she was sick at 3.5 years old. I know eventually she will sleep through the night and that this is just a phase. A long phase at that, but still a phase. I also know I'll miss it when she no longer needs me to comfort her. Enjoy every moment, both the easy and the hard, because they really do grow up fast.
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Monday, 12 October 2015

Recommended Books about Disabilities and Abnormalities

There are so many books out there that it's easy to get overwhelmed. Here are some books that consistently get good reviews. The Book Depository has free shipping to Korea. What the Book in Itaewon can get most books for you. Amazon might be a good option if you have someone coming to visit or can buy the Kindle version of the book. The descriptions are based off of Amazon's descriptions.

Choosing Naia: A Family's Journey
Written by Mitchell Zuckoff

This book discusses one family's journey through genetic counseling, medical jargon, and disability rights. You can buy it from Amazon or the Book Depository.

Raising Henry: A Memoir of Motherhood, Disability, and Discovery
Written by Rachel Adams

Rachel had a perfect life: a wonderful husband, and a two-year-old, a Manhattan apartment, and a tenured job at Columbia University. Everything changed after the birth of her second child. Diagnosed with Down syndrome, she knew that her life would never been the same. She talks about the first three years of his life and how she has changed because of her experiences. She also discusses social prejudice, disability policy, genetics, prenatal testing, and inclusive education. You can buy it from Amazon or the Book Depository.

Uncommon Fathers: Reflections on Raising a Child with a Disability
Edited by Donald J. Meyer

A collection of essays written from the father's perspective. They discuss how the birth and life of their child has changed their lives. It shows how disabilities affect families. The stories are written from the heart and discuss both the positive and negative issues. You can buy it from Amazon or the Book Depository.

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Tuesday, 6 October 2015

What to Bring to the Hospital When Having a Baby

Most people end up over-packing when they go to hospital or birthing center to have a baby. That's good though, because it's nice to have something in case you need it. Yeon and Nature has a sample packing list of what you could bring.

One thing I recommend is making a list and keeping it near your bags. This way you can ensure that you won't forget anything, like chargers for your phone. You can make a list in the third trimester just in case you need to go to the hospital earlier than planned. Pack your bags around 37 weeks. This is when a baby is full-term. 
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Saturday, 3 October 2015

Spinning Babies

Created by Gail Tully, CPM, Spinning Babies is a technique that allows babies to get into the correct position for birth. By focusing on lengthening muscles, balancing your body, and getting to know your pelvis you can help get your baby into the optimal position. Spinning Babies can help breech babies and backwards facing babies flip without invasive methods.
 Spinning Babies Daily Essentials
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They have workshops and events that are held all over the world.  They also have online classes:
These daily activities will balance your body and make space for your baby to be born. This amazing video is unlike anything you’ve ever seen! It's 79 minutes and has information about:
  • Daily Activities, a gentle 35-minute stretch into birth
  • Move Smart – walking, standing, getting in and out of the car without sparking sciatica, and more! 
  • Rest Smart – because Gravity works 24/7. Play the flashlight game.
  • Forward Leaning Inversion – really!
  • Sarah Longacre’s 28-minute Blooma Yoga Flow 
By practicing these exercises daily you're more likely to have an easier labor and birth.  Renowned midwife, Gail Tully, offers practical know-how for birthing naturally in today’s modern civilization. Spinning babies is famous and rightly so for having helped thousands of women around the globe. You won’t learn this approach anywhere else! This 120 minute video has information about:
  • Avoiding unwanted and unexpected cesarean surgery for lack of progress 
  • Using the Fantastic Four balancing activities for pregnancy and labor 
  • Tips for flipping breech or transverse babies in pregnancy 
  • Engaging baby by early labor to shorten labor and avoid surgery 
  • Overcoming a posterior or transverse arrest 
  • How to tell if labor is progressing normally or has a stall that you can resolve!
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