Tricia Hedinger

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Hello! My name is Tricia and I am an associate professor in the Department of Audiology & Speech Pathology at University of Tennessee in Knoxville with specialties in stuttering and early childhood language. I am a mom to 3 girls, including 10 year old twins and a 14 year old, and a stepmom to 2 boys in their twenties. In 2013, my husband, Richard, and I relocated to Knoxville from Delaware. He grew up in NY and I in Pennsylvania. We love the small city feel of Knoxville, the proximity to the mountains and the fantastic community that surrounds us in our Farragut home. We spend our evenings and weekends on the sidelines cheering on our kids in various sporting events. My primary hobby is driving children from one place to another. I have a passion for anti-bullying movements, outdoor education and building support group networks around the world. I host a podcast entitled "Stutter Stories" to help share the voices of people who stutter internationally. I am a huge fan of thinking globally and acting locally. I am glad to be a part of Knoxville Moms and feel inspired when parents connect to take action for the well-being of each other and their children.
Making Holidays Inclusive For People With Speech And Hearing Challenges

Making Holidays Inclusive For People With Speech And Hearing Challenges

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When holiday parties roll around, friends and family gather around tables, cluster in the kitchen, head to restaurants, play festive music, and engage in general holiday merriment. These scenarios often alienate those who experience...
Riverside Coffee Shop: Coffee With A Cause 

Riverside Coffee Shop: Coffee With A Cause

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Riverside Coffee Shop straddles the edge of Farragut and Lenoir City. It offers hot and iced coffees, seasonal drinks, smoothies, teas, pastries, sandwiches and breakfast items. The shop even offers curbside pick-up, drive-thru service,...
Kids Pick: Favorite Packed Lunches!

Kids Pick: Favorite Packed Lunches!

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Back to school time means prepping lunches for preschoolers through teens. From pre-packaged meals to bento boxes full of cookie cutter sandwich bites, kids have their favorites. We asked kids from all around Knox County,...
Dos And Don'ts Of Vacationing With Multiple Families

Dos And Don’ts Of Vacationing With Multiple Families

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When time off from work is limited, families must carefully plan and safeguard their vacations to ensure the break from reality will be pleasant, relaxing and joyous for all involved. Some families choose to...

Raising Kids With IBS

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Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) is an unpleasant topic to discuss. It is truly hard to have a conversation about it while skirting around the ugly words and visually-unappealing descriptions. Nonetheless, raising kids with IBS...
Weird Facts To Help Us Better Understand Teens

Weird Facts To Help Us Better Understand Teens

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Aren’t they a mystery? Teens are perplexing creatures. They need affection, yet push parents away. They want help from us, yet they often believe they can do it all on their own. Understanding the...
Advancing Speech And Language In Three-Year-Olds

Advancing Speech And Language In Three-Year-Olds

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Three-year-old boys and girls are busy people! They are observing new objects and places, participating in new events, and meeting new people everyday. Throughout all of their exciting life experiences, they are rapidly building...