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ARK's Oral Motor Probe

ARK's Oral Motor Probe™

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  • Product Description

    A versatile go-to tool for oral motor treatment, feeding therapy, and sensory development|||Designed by speech-language pathologist Debra C. Lowsky, MS, CCC-SLP, ARK's Oral Motor Probe™ is an excellent tool for oral motor treatment and sensory development. It has a rectangular tip that is bumpy on one side, striated on the other, and smooth along the edges. These textured surfaces provide tactile input, awareness, and sensation. Use it to stimulate the gums, palate, lips, cheek, and tongue by tapping, stroking, and applying gentle pressure.

    The white handle is rigid for an easy grip.  The blue tip is softer with more "give" to be gentle on the lips, tongue, cheeks, and tongue.  At less than 5 inches in length, they’re super lightweight, compact, and portable.  Ideal for oral motor exercises, gum massage, and sensory stimulation whether you’re at home, in therapy, or anywhere in between.  

    • usa-flag.jpg Made in the USA, medical grade, FDA compliant 
    • NO lead, phthalates, PVC, BPA, or latex
    • Recommended for ages approximately 2.5 years and up (depending on the mouth size).  For children under 2.5 years, we recommend ARK's proMini which has a smaller tip.  That being said, babies younger than 2.5 still do use the Probe, too (as in the action shot above as a "dipper spoon").
    • Dishwasher-safe
    • The Probe does not vibrate.  To see the vibrating version of the Probe, click here.

    triangle.jpeg  Caution: this therapeutic tool should be used under adult supervision at all times. 

     

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    •  For individuals with oral sensitivities or aversions, start with the smooth sides, as they provide the least input.  Then progress to the striated side, and eventually the bumpy side.

    •  Dip the Probe in foods to use it as a "dipper spoon" in feeding therapy.  This is an excellent tactic for beginning spoon-users.  It also helps introduce texture to puréed foods and eases the transition from puréed to textured foods.

    •  Most of us are either visual or auditory learners. But when these two senses are not enough, you may need to physically direct the articulators for certain speech and feeding skills.  Use the Probe to provide targeted tactile cues within the oral cavity to teach tongue elevation, lip closure, rotary chewing, and much more.

    •  For example, use the Probe to apply gentle pressure to the alveolar ridge (just behind the upper front teeth). Then remove the Probe and instruct the individual to touch the same spot with his/her tongue tip. Follow up by prompting the individual to say the tongue tip sounds /t/d/n/l/. 

    •  Or use it to stroke the sides of the tongue to encourage lateralization (moving from side to side, a critical skill for manipulating food).  

    •  Or use it to provide incremental tactile cues around the lips to practice removing leftover food from the lips. &n

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    1. Great oral motor tools for your toolbox!

      As a pediatric therapist I need a tool that I can leave with parents for carryover after I have provided them with training. These tools offer me a less expensive, but effective tool to gift to families of little ones who need to be "working daily" on developing skills.

    2. Perfect for purée feeds

      Our triplets were born in February this year at 26 weeks +3 days. It was a very bumpy road for them, and unfortunately, we lost our sweet baby Jacob. However, Emmy and Finn continued to progress and were both home from the NICU before their due date in May. Both have had various eating difficulties, and we have been working with our oral motor occupational therapists since our days in the NICU.
      Our OTs recently gave us The Grabber for both Emmy and Finn, and they love them. It went so well, that at this week's appointment, our therapists sent us home with a new tool: The Probe. Well, both babies enjoy chewing on it, but our Finn absolutely LOVES using it with his purée feeds. We dip the tip into his purée and let him go to town with it as he spoon feeds. He especially loves using The Probe with broccoli! Our daughter has finally taken to the concept of hard munchables and LOVES her Probe, too!

    3. ARK's Probe

      I purchased these items for a Speech Pathologist in my district. I believe she has used them before and really likes them.

    4. oral motor

      I been using these probes in therapy for over 5 years now to desensitize kids with oral hypersensitivity/defensiveness. They work well to improve their eating and texture tolerance, and parents love that they can just throw them in the dishwasher to clean them. Keeps me coming back!

    5. A staple for my oral motor bag

      Perfect for oral motor exercises, especially where oral sensitivities are an issue. Big plus that they're dishwasher safe AND made in the USA.

    6. Perfect for all ages!

      I bought this product for use within the geriatric population. At first glance, I thought it would be too small to perform oral motor stimulation and exercises. I was wrong! This is perfect for all ages and provides that extra tactile input many clients need.

    7. Great all around

      We purchased these for our son - who has been biting us and furniture and he really likes it. They are convenient and not odd looking, very easy for him to bite a few times and then put away. We prefer these over the tubes and other items sold.

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    feature: Staple sensory oral motor / feeding therapy tool
    feature: Bumps on one side, lines on the other for varied sensory stimulation
    feature: Rigid white handle, softer blue tip
    feature: Personally made by ARK in Columbia, SC, USA
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