New Children's Book By Local Business Owners & Therapists Helps Children Struggling With Mealtime

Local Speech Pathologists Introduce 'Mealtime With Miko The Monkey' As They Aim to Help Patients and Families with Pediatric Feeding Issues
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. - June 16, 2023 - PRLog -- Inspirebytes Omni Media announces the release of the children's book Miko Learns to Chew in both English and Spanish. The book was written by two speech pathologists as a tool to help their patients and families with various feeding-related issues. Playfully illustrated by artist Patrick Laurent, the reader follows along as Miko the Monkey explores the sensation of chewing his food with his teeth—a predicament for many young children learning to chew.

Based on their combined 35 years of experience, authors Taylor Thomas and Andrea Scida created a new and fun way to help their young patients explore how to eat. Taylor shares, "We noticed a lack of books about feeding challenges, and we wanted to teach eating in a kid-friendly and relatable way." Andrea adds, "Over the years, we realized there are no children's books that support what we actually teach during therapy sessions. My youngest child inspired us to write this book as I can see how reading books to him excites him." Written in rhyming verse with colorful illustrations, Miko Learns to Chew is a book any child can enjoy and find supportive.

Miko Learns to Chew is recommended for children ages 2-5 and is available now for $14.95 in English and Spanish on Amazon or by request anywhere books are sold.

About Inspirebytes Omni Media:
Inspirebytes Omni Media (IOM) is a women-owned and -operated publishing and multimedia company dedicated to effecting positive change by producing books and other products that are inspirational, educational, and entertaining. Through our core principles—service, authenticity, integrity, and fun—we collaboratively develop, promote, and leverage good work in the world. For more information, visit

About Taylor Thomas and Andrea Scida:
Andrea and Taylor are speech pathologists specializing in feeding/swallowing therapy. In January 2019, they opened The Pediatric Feeding Institute of South Florida—the only private clinic in the area dedicated to the treatment of pediatric feeding disorders. Their second business—Teach Me to Eat—was developed to help educate families and therapists through fun feeding therapy tools, parent education books, and mealtime activities, including "Mealtime with Miko the Monkey." For more information, visit

About Patrick Laurent:
Patrick is the creative artist behind Laurent Collective. He began his career in art when he was in elementary school, drawing and creating sports characters and selling them to his friends. He has gone on to create a body of work that can be found in homes across the globe through art prints, apparel, homeware, and books. For more information, visit

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