"My child uses the Grabber® and Grabber XT® in Speech Therapy. She is now beginning to bite and chew.
Thank you for designing such wonderful oral motor tools."
John Lowsky, BS ME, President
Debra C. Lowsky, MS, CCC-SLP, Vice President
ARK Therapeutic began many years ago while Debbie was working in a rehabilitation clinic in Columbia, South Carolina. At the time, there were very few tools available specifically for oral motor therapy. Not having the right tools was frustrating for her, not to mention a hindrance for her patients. She knew that something needed to be done - that we needed tools designed by a therapist for therapists.
Luckily for Debbie, she married an engineer! So she approached her husband John with the idea of creating an oral sensory motor tool that would be durable, affordable, and made out of 100% medical grade materials. To make a long story short, together they created ARK's Probe, a quality tool for oral exploration and therapeutic stimulation. One day while observing one of Debbie's therapy sessions, John saw her rapidly tapping a child's tongue with the Probe and moving it back and forth. When he asked what she was doing, Debbie said she was "trying to make it vibrate." That was the beginning of what would later become ARK's Z-Vibe®, DnZ-Vibe®, and Z-Grabber™.
Since then, ARK Therapeutic has invented an extensive line of therapy products for oral motor development, sensory integration, oral defensiveness, texture aversions, fine motor, drinking, feeding, chewing, and more. These tools have been successfully used in therapeutic intervention for individuals of all ages and cognitive abilities, particularly those with an articulation disorder, feeding disorder, and/or sensory issue.
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