Melanie Potock, '93 SLP, Author, Enterpreneur Extraordinaire

Melanie's New CD

Alumna Melanie Potock, ’93, a Pediatric Speech Language Pathologist, Oral Facial Myologist and Feeding Specialist, practicing out of Longmont Colorado, has found a creative niche in her area of expertise. Melanie started her business Chatter Bug, a successful private practice, over 9 years ago. Her interest and passion in finding creative ways to serve clients and parents grew and recently spurred her to launch a second business. We were fortunate to have caught up with Melanie and hear all about it: “My Munch Bug is my new business to promote my CD and my book. I have always wanted to create a children's CD that focuses on positive interactions with food." Melanie’s products focus on the fundamentals of parenting in a place we don't often think about for intervention--the kitchen! Melanie explains her unique approach and products:

Composer Joan Langford & Author Melanie Potock, collaborators

"The CD, Dancing in the Kitchen: Songs that Celebrate the Joy of Food includes professional tips from me inside the CD packaging on how to encourage your child to be an adventurous eater. It also includes a few familiar favorites, such as On Top of Spaghetti (our version is sweet and whimsical!) and songs written by Joan H. Langford, an acclaimed children's singer and songwriter living in Lafayette, CO. Joan and I collaborated on most of the songs by writing lyrics that include my tips to keeping mealtimes fun and stress free. The lyrics to many of the songs tie into my philosophy: Keep it light, keep it fun and reward each step, one at a time. Parents are telling us they can listen to the CD with their kids over and over because the variety of styles (Latin, pop, blues...even silly opera) keep it interesting for everyone in the family. Melanie’s CD is available on her website (www.mymunchbug.com) and will be available in mid November on www.cdbaby.com/

"My new book Happy Mealtimes with Happy Kids: How to Teach Your Child About the Joy of Food is a parent guidebook on the basics of feeding children 6 months to 6 years. The book is also available on my website www.mymunchbug.com and on www.lulu.com. The book is designed to be a quick and easy read - that's all parents really have time for! They just want their questions answered as effectively and efficiently as possible. (continued)

Melanie's New Book

Each chapter contains an appetizer, an entree and a quick bite. The appetizer is a short story reflecting my life as a feeding specialist, the entree is the "meat' on the matter and the quick bite is a text box with a synopsis of that chapter. That way, parents can refer back to the "quick bite" if they want to remember the key points of that chapter - like little Cliff notes. I tried to approach the content with a touch of humor - I love to laugh (who doesn't?) and let's face it - if your child isn't eating it can be very, very stressful. Keeping your sense of humor is vital to keeping mealtimes stress free. Tips include how to teach your child under the age of one to drink from a straw, how to stop mealtime debates with your preschooler or young child and how to focus on what your child can do - not what he can't do on a particular day.

My book is similar to the CD in that it is very light and fun to read, while offering practical tips that every parent would want to know. Dr. Carolyn Aibel, who specializes in helping people understand their own relationship with food, reviewed the book and said: ‘This is a much needed book. Happy Mealtimes addresses the important and neglected topic of HOW to feed children. It has all the tools you need to help your child explore new tastes and enjoy eating.’ Dr. Ran Huntsberry offered this: ‘Parents, Happy Mealtimes with Happy Kids will turn your child's eating challenges into bite size portions that you can manage.’ Melanie has more plans for this wonderful program, “In the future, I hope to develop www.mymunchbug.com as an on-line resource for families to learn the most up to date information on feeding issues and family mealtime strategies. You can preview the book at www.lulu.com - just enter Happy Mealtimes and the photo of the book will pop up to preview the content inside which includes chapters about positioning, spoon feeding, finger feeding, etc but also about positive behavior at the table."

Melanie adds, “Regarding my practice via Chatter Bug, I just learned that a short article that I wrote for the ASHA Leader will be appearing in the Nov. 2nd issue in the section entitled First Person, Last Page It will be available on line at that time. It tells the story of my love for feeding therapy and what my clients have taught me. My Munch Bug will also be an exhibitor at the American Speech Language Hearing Association's national convention in Philadelphia in mid November. ASHA is expecting 12,000 people, so we hope to make a few new friends!"

Editor's note: To read more about Melanie, see her bio HERE. If you are headed to the ASHA 2010 Convention, be sure to stop by and say hi to Melanie in the exhibit hall, booth # 249C, and check out her wonderful products !