June 18, 2017
Newborns, infants, and babies! Michele Emanuel
TummyTime for babies – Michelle Emanual
This Crosslink Radio episode, which is part of a Series recorded in March 2017 at the Academy of Applied Myofunctional Sciences Congress in Chicago, Shirley interviewed Michelle about her work with babies and the benefits of being placed on the tummy to aid in oral function.
Michelle Emanual is a Pediatric OT currently working in private practice in Cincinnati, Ohio. Her specialty includes the newborn to pre-crawling baby; with a focus on Torticollis, Plagiocephaly and oral restrictions and dysfunction. Michelle has developed the tummy time method, a specialized system of home activities to support function and development.
The back to sleep recommendation put out by the AAP in ’92 has affected the amount of time babies are spending on their tummies, leading to multiple issues including oral function. Michelle explained how allowing tummy time, while accompanied by the parent, benefits the overall health and development of the baby.
The TummyTime! Method begins in infancy. The parent can hold the child against the chest while reclined or roll child over onto the tummy after each diaper change for a short session. As the baby grows, the parent can lay the child on the floor and interact with them while they are on the tummy. Time spent in the prone or tummy position has been shown to be therapeutic for babies in many areas of growth and development including oral function.
This episode is sponsored by Xlear Saline Nasal Spray with xylitol.