Diane Bahr is a visionary with a mission. For more than 30 years, she has treated children and adults with feeding, motor speech, and mouth function problems. While she is a speech-language pathologist by training, she has also honed her skills as a feeding therapist, published author, international speaker, university instructor, and business owner. Diane co-owns Ages and Stages, LLC with her husband and business manager Joe Bahr.
Diane is extremely concerned about the amount of time young babies are spending on their backs and in containers. She has hypothesized this as being one reason we are seeing late developing fine motor skills (e.g., feeding, speech, hand use, and visual function) and significant jaw and tongue retraction (which may be contributing to posterior tongue tie). She has attributed this to the apparent epidemic of mouth development problem we seem to be having and has done a significant literature review to support her work.
Diane also just presented a very well received talk at the ASHA Convention with Kristie Gatto regarding normal mouth and airway development from birth – 7 years of age that she graciously shares in this episode.