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A unique valve that keeps fluid at the top of the straw to make drinking easier|||ARK's Select-Flow Valve makes drinking easier for beginners and/or individuals with oral motor difficulties. It's uniquely designed to control the direction of fluid - liquid flows up into the straw, but does not flow back down. Because fluid stays at the top of the straw, each subsequent sip requires less effort. It also reduces the air ingested, so users experience less coughing and choking while consuming more fluids. Highly recommended for individuals who tend to aspirate or have difficulties generating and maintaining suction (a weak suck). Simply push the tapered end of the valve into the bottom of a straw, and you're set to go!
For individuals who tend to take too much fluid at a time, the Select-Flow Valve also slows the flow of fluid, allowing for smaller, more manageable sips that lower the risk of coughing/choking. If a restricted flow is not necessary, simply trim the tapered end with a pair of scissors to increase the flow.
Caution: contains small parts that may pose a choking hazard; please directly supervise at all times
This valve has been so helpful in enabling an 18-month old client to drink for the first time in an upright position. In conjunction with the bear bottle and lip block she is making good progress with her drinking skills. Louise
This little plastic valve is the key to successful feeding therapy as far as I'm concerned. Our 1 yr old daughter is learning to use a straw and she does not have to oral motor skills to maintain suction without this valve. When we use this valve along with a lip block on either her Cip Kup or her Honey Bear cup, we make significantly more progress. The valve does have a tendency to clog so be sure and rinse it in hot water (sometimes I soak it in hot, soapy water) after each use. I did have one stop working so I just threw it out and bought some more back ups.
It does what they say it will do. It definitely holds the liquid in the straw which is helpful for those who just swallow too much air as they advance the liquid. You have to cut the valve to allow for an easier flow if the goal is to make it easier for those who lack the strength/stamina to advance the liquid all the way up the straw each time. The one way valve straws probably are a better bet for these individuals. I'v tried it also with a couple of children who just need a slower flow and it does slow them down a little but not as much as I would have liked.
These work great. My Mother recently became bedridden and it has been a learning experience for both of us. She was gulping air when she drank from a straw. She would then burp, start coughing, and then vomit. These valves have really helped. She is getting a lot less air and the vomiting has diminished. Thank you.
In my experience as a therapist using the select-flow valves and a container such as the honey bear; children who are experiencing developmental delays impacting their oral motor skills can still learn to become efficient straw drinkers between their first and 3rd year. I have also seen children in their second year who have been unsuccessful in their prior attempts to learn to drink from a straw and with the introduction of this valve alone they were drinking from a straw in at little as 10 minutes and within a week or two they no longer required the valve. I don't know what I would do without it!