Improving Jaw Strength & Stability

Jaw Strength & Stability Exercises

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The Y-Chew is an excellent tool to develop oral tone, practice biting and chewing skills, work on oral motor exercises, and improve jaw strength and stability.  The long extensions reach all the way to the back molar area to really exercise the jaw, and two of the extensions have a textured surface for added tactile input.  Check out the therapy videos below for some jaw exercises using the Y-Chew:
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Bite and hold the Y-Chew for 10 second increments.  Repeat several times on both sides.  This oral motor exercise strengthens the jaw so that it doesn’t move from side to side or open too far.   It also works on jaw stability and a sustained bite by keeping the jaw from sliding from side to side.
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See his jaw moving to the side when he bites?  That slide is causing a lateral lisp, and so we’re using the Y-Chew to strengthen and stabilize his jaw.  Practice biting and holding on the extension of the chewy for 5 seconds at a time, watching for good positioning and control.  You want the upper central teeth to align with the bottom central teeth, with no sliding of the jaw.  Put your hand under the chin for support and/or guidance if necessary.
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To make the exercise more difficult, gently do a “tug and pull” motion as the individual bites down and holds the Y-Chew in place.  Make it a game, telling them, “Don’t let me get it out!”  You just want to be careful not to let the head jerk and to keep it as stable as possible, letting the jaw do all of the work.
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You can also do any of these exercises with a Grabber as well.
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Enjoy!
Debbie

 

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