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ARK's Select-Flow Valve

ARK's Select-Flow Valves (3 Pack)

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  • Product Description

    A unique valve that keeps fluid at the top of the straw to make drinking easier|||ARK's Select-Flow Valve makes drinking easier for beginners and/or individuals with oral motor difficulties. It's uniquely designed to control the direction of fluid - liquid flows up into the straw, but does not flow back down. Because fluid stays at the top of the straw, each subsequent sip requires less effort. It also reduces the air ingested, so users experience less coughing and choking while consuming more fluids. Highly recommended for individuals who tend to aspirate or have difficulties generating and maintaining suction (a weak suck). Simply push the tapered end of the valve into the bottom of a straw, and you're set to go!

    For individuals who tend to take too much fluid at a time, the Select-Flow Valve also slows the flow of fluid, allowing for smaller, more manageable sips that lower the risk of coughing/choking. If a restricted flow is not necessary, simply trim the tapered end with a pair of scissors to increase the flow.

    • usa-flag.jpg Made in the USA
    • FDA compliant, no lead, phthalates, PVC, BPA, or latex
    • Measures approximately 1.75" in length
    • Dishwasher-safe
    • Sold in a pack of 3
    • Not recommended for carbonated beverages
    • Recommended for thin liquids (water, milk, juice without pulp, etc).  
    • If you're using thickened liquids, in general for most thickener brands: "nectar" consistency works fine.  If you trim the tapered end of the valve to open up the flow, "honey" will work but will be harder to suck through the straw.  "Pudding" does not work, as it's too thick to drink through even a regular straw without a valve.  
    • Fits in the bottom of most standard drinking straws measuring .25" in diameter
    • Recommended for use with the Cip-Kup™, Sip-Tip®, or Bear Bottle, as these cup sets let you "help" fluid up the straw for the initial sip

    triangle.jpeg Caution: contains small parts that may pose a choking hazard; please directly supervise at all times

     

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    1. Just what we needed

      We bought the straw valves hoping it would help my mom with her swallowing problems. She is on hospice and cannot suck hard enough every time she takes a new sip because she is so weak. These valves hold the liquid up in the straw so she doesn't lose the liquid and have to suck so hard to get the liquid back up in the straw. It was coincidental because her hospice CNA and I were discussing inventing something to help her out. I started looking on the internet and there it was -- you had it! And it arrived at the house in 4 days!

    2. Perfect for my elderly father

      Your slow flow valves for straws are perfect for my elderly father who has an untreatable terminal illness (PSP, Progressive Supranuclear Palsy,) and has been bed bound for several months with no hope of recovery. It's horrible to see him struggle beyond anything I've ever seen, but the product helps him so much! And *i* his daughter, found it! Also the home care nurse who was here today wants to know where she can find the product to recommend to the many elderly patients she assists in her line of work. Just thought you might want to know. Thank you for your help!!!!! I wish your company all the best!

    3. Great por teaching sorbicion

      I use this products for training sorbicion with children that initialy don´t have enough strength or oral motor skills, it´s been really helpful!

    4. This tool really helped

      This valve has been so helpful in enabling an 18-month old client to drink for the first time in an upright position. In conjunction with the bear bottle and lip block she is making good progress with her drinking skills.

    5. The Key to Successful Feeding Therapy

      This little plastic valve is the key to successful feeding therapy as far as I'm concerned. Our 1 yr old daughter is learning to use a straw and she does not have to oral motor skills to maintain suction without this valve. When we use this valve along with a lip block on either her Cip Kup or her Honey Bear cup, we make significantly more progress. The valve does have a tendency to clog so be sure and rinse it in hot water (sometimes I soak it in hot, soapy water) after each use. I did have one stop working so I just threw it out and bought some more back ups.

    6. Overall good product

      It does what they say it will do. It definitely holds the liquid in the straw which is helpful for those who just swallow too much air as they advance the liquid. You have to cut the valve to allow for an easier flow if the goal is to make it easier for those who lack the strength/stamina to advance the liquid all the way up the straw each time. The one way valve straws probably are a better bet for these individuals. I'v tried it also with a couple of children who just need a slower flow and it does slow them down a little but not as much as I would have liked.

    7. Great for my 93 year old Mother

      These work great. My Mother recently became bedridden and it has been a learning experience for both of us. She was gulping air when she drank from a straw. She would then burp, start coughing, and then vomit. These valves have really helped. She is getting a lot less air and the vomiting has diminished. Thank you.

    8. An aid to facilitate success with straw drinking

      In my experience as a therapist using the select-flow valves and a container such as the honey bear; children who are experiencing developmental delays impacting their oral motor skills can still learn to become efficient straw drinkers between their first and 3rd year. I have also seen children in their second year who have been unsuccessful in their prior attempts to learn to drink from a straw and with the introduction of this valve alone they were drinking from a straw in at little as 10 minutes and within a week or two they no longer required the valve. I don't know what I would do without it!

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    feature: Makes straw drinking easier!
    feature: Decreases the effort to drink by keeping the straw full of liquid
    feature: Great for beginners or those with a weak suck
    feature: Made in the USA
    feature: See full details below
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