My daughter has major feeding issues. We use this to “wake up” her lips and cheeks before eating. We have already seen improvements in a short period of time. Highly recommended!
A friendly feeding & sensory oral motor staple; Use the ears as spoons!|||ARK's Mouse Tip for the Z-Vibe® is the ultimate tool for sensory oral motor therapy, particularly for children in early intervention. His friendly "Mickey Mouse-like" 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. They 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. The ears are also aptly positioned at an angle to make eating easier for beginning spoon users or children with limited dexterity (please directly supervise when the child is holding the tool him/herself).
• Use Mr. Mouse 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!