It isn't quite as soft as I expected but should work fine for our purpose.
A fun tip for feeding & sensory oral motor therapy; Use the ears as spoons!|||ARK's Dog Tip for the Z-Vibe® is the ultimate tool for sensory oral motor therapy, particularly for children in early intervention. This pup's friendly face immediately sparks interest, improves concentration, and increases a child's willingness to participate in therapy. Each tip has a variety of shapes and textures for sensory input both within the oral cavity and around the lips and face. Use the textured ears as spoons to decrease texture aversion. Or, use the bite blocks on the back of the tips to practice jaw grading and stability. ARK's Dog Tip can also be used to work on biting/chewing skills, coordination of movement, discrimination, and of course play therapy. A charming addition to any oral sensory motor treatment plan, kids will love incorporating these playful "pets" into their speech and feeding therapy sessions.
Caution: this therapeutic tool should be used under adult supervision at all times.
• Allow hesitant / orally defensive children to explore the various sensations in their hands and on their arms first, slowly working towards acceptance in the mouth for oral stimulation.
• Use the ears as spoons! One ear has a smooth backside. The other ear has gentle bumps for added tactile input and stability to the tongue. Use the bumpy one to help introduce texture to puréed foods and to encourage the transition from puréed to textured/regular food.
• Use Mr. Dog during mealtimes and feeding therapy to decrease food anxiety. The various textures and sensations can also help "wake up" the mouth, decrease oral aversions, and normalize sensitivities.
• Use the various heights of the tip to practice jaw grading and stability - have the child practice biting the ears, the side of the face, the bite block on the back of the tip, etc. to practice gauging how far they should open their mouth. Click on the "Therapy Video" tab above to learn more about this oral motor exercise.
• Have fun!