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ARK's Oral Motor proPreefer

ARK's Oral Motor proPreefer™

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    A cylindrical design for "rolling" sensory input and tactile stimulation|||ARK's Oral Motor proPreefer™ is similar to our favorite Probe. The design was requested by many therapists who liked ARK's Probe, but wanted a round end instead for a different sensation. The proPreefer has a cylindrical design with long striations around its circumference - perfect for when a "rolling action" is desired during oral motor treatment and sensory development.  Use it to roll over the lips, across the surface of the tongue, inside the cheek area, etc. for oral stimulation and massage.

    The white handle is rigid for an easy grip.  The yellow 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 infancy and up under the guidance of a professional therapist
    • Dishwasher-safe

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

     

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    •  Dip the proPreefer 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.  Sticky foods work well, like stage 1 baby foods, applesauce, ice cream, yogurt, etc

    • 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 proPreefer to provide targeted tactile cues within the oral cavity to teach tongue elevation, tongue lateralization, lip closure, rotary chewing, and much more. For example, use the proPreefer to apply gentle pressure to the alveolar ridge (just behind the upper front teeth). Then remove the proPreefer 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/. 

    • Stimulate the gums, palate, lips, cheek, and tongue by tapping, stroking, andapplying gentle pressure.  Roll the proPreefer over the articulators (across the tongue, over the lips, inside the cheeks, etc.) to increase awareness.

    •  ARK's proPreefer has also been used in the NICU to stimulate a suck - place the tip of the proPreefer just inside the baby's mouth, and gently pull it in and out to stimulate a sucking action.

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    1. Preferred proPreefer

      My grandson is severe special needs and is two years old. His molars are coming in and the proPreefer fits perfectly in the back of his mouth for him to "chomp on".

    2. proPreefers work well

      I work in early intervention, and we on our team have found that the proPreefers work well with our patient population. They are not too big or too hard for our patients.

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    feature: Staple sensory oral motor / feeding therapy tool
    feature: Cylindrical yellow tip for "rolling" across the tongue, inside the cheeks, etc.
    feature: Rigid white handle, softer yellow tip
    feature: Personally made by ARK in Columbia, SC, USA
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