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ARK's Z-Vibe® Vibrating Oral Motor Tool (Royal Blue)

ARK's Z-Vibe® Vibrating Oral Motor Tool

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    The all-in-one oral motor tool; **Click to see all 9 colors**|||ARK's Z-Vibe® is a vibratory oral motor tool that can help build oral tone and improve a variety of speech, feeding, and sensory skills. Use it to provide a varied sensory experience and/or to provide targeted tactile cues within the oral cavity. Its gentle vibration provides a new level of sensory stimulation to increase oral focus and draw more attention to the lips, tongue, cheeks, and jaw. Vibration can also be very calming, soothing, and organizing.

    The Z-Vibe®'s sleek, innovative design features a lightweight, plastic handpiece with gentle bumps around its circumference for a non-slip grip. This texture can also be brushed along the cheeks, arms, hands, etc. for additional tactile input. The handle comes with a blue Probe Tip on one end and a Switch Tip on the other. Use the Probe Tip for oral motor assessment and development. To turn the unit on, simply twist the Switch Tip at the opposite end of the handle just until the unit starts to vibrate (please do not over-tighten). 

    Designed with versatility in mind, there are over 35 tip attachments available in various sizes, textures, and resiliencies. From spoons to toothbrushes to pencils and more, the same handle can shift goals simply by switching out one tip for another.  View them all here.

    • usa-flag.jpg Made in the USA, medical grade, FDA compliant 
    • NO lead, phthalates, PVC, BPA, or latex
    • The Z-Vibe® is sold here with 1 Probe Tip and 1 Switch Tip, other tips sold separately.  Or, you can add an extra one at a discounted price (regularly $5.99) via the pull-down menu above.
    • Battery included (please note: this is a special Vibe Battery not sold in stores - we recommend buying a spare)
    • Measures approximately 6.5" in length and less than half of an inch in diameter
    • Recommended for individuals of all ages and abilities under the guidance of a therapist or a trained caregiver
    • The Z-Vibe is available in two different versions: plastic (all of the color options) or metal (aluminum).  The plastic options are sturdy, affordable, easy-to-clean, and colorfully kid-friendly.  The aluminum option has slightly more weight to it, and the metal is cool to the touch.

    triangle.jpeg Caution: the Z-Vibe is NOT a toy.  It is a therapeutic tool intended to be used by a professional therapist (or by parents trained by their therapist).  It contains small parts (including a battery) that may pose a choking hazard: direct adult supervision is required at all times.

    Why It Works

    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.  ARK's Z-Vibe® is an ideal tool to help you do so. Therapists (and trained caregivers) can use it 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 Z-Vibe® to apply gentle pressure to the alveolar ridge (just behind the upper front teeth). Then remove the Z-Vibe® and instruct the individual to touch the same spot with his/her tongue tip. You can also follow up by prompting the individual to say the tongue tip sounds /t/d/n/l/. 

    When just touching the lips, tongue, cheeks, etc. doesn’t provide enough input, simply turn the Z-Vibe® on. Its gentle vibration provides a new level of tactile awareness for additional sensory feedback, to help "wake up" the mouth, and to draw more acute attention to specific movements of the cheek, jaw, lips, and tongue.

    Please note that by no means does an individual have to use vibration to acquire skills for feeding and articulation.  Some people simply do not like vibration - and that's ok!  Even without vibration, the Z-Vibe® can still provide a vast range of sensory stimulation. 



    Increase Oral Awareness:
    The Z-Vibe is highly recommended for individuals with hyposensitivities and low oral tone. Its gentle vibration will increase oral awareness and provide much needed proprioceptive input to the lips, cheeks, tongue, and jaw. For sensory-seekers who crave oral stimulation, massaging the gums with the Soft Brush Tip is particularly effective.

    Decrease Oral Sensitivities and Food/Texture Aversions:
    The Z-Vibe is also recommended for hypersensitive individuals. In these cases, vibration as well as the various textures/shapes of the tips can gradually desensitize the mouth and decrease oral aversions and sensory defensiveness.

    Calm and Soothe:
    Vibration can be a very helpful tool for calming and organizing. The Z-Vibe's smooth vibration provides gentle sensory feedback to the lips, gums, tongue, jaw, and inside the cheek area. This oral input can help decrease self-biting or chewing on one's hands, shirts, pencils, etc.  While it is mostly used inside the oral cavity, it can also be used outside the mouth on the cheeks, neck, and arms for additional feedback.

    Transition from Puréed to Textured Foods:
    The Textured Spoon Tips have a textured surface on the back side of the spoon. Use these tips with the Z-Vibe in order to gradually introduce new textures during feeding. Or, use the ears of the Animal Tips to feed and allow the individual to mouth the tips and explore their various textures and shapes.

    Increase Interest in Therapy:
    Use the Z-Vibe with the friendly Animal Tips and/or the Popette Tip with a lollipop in order to spark attention and increase participation in therapy.

    Teach Biting and Chewing Skills:
    Use the Z-Vibe with Bite-n-Chew Tips to develop and improve the oral motor skills necessary for feeding, including a sustained bite, rhythmic chewing, jaw strength and stability, and more. These tips are available in extra long (XL) versions that can reach all the way to the back molar area. The Animal Tips can be used to practice mouthing, biting, chewing, and jaw grading and stability.  And the Bite Tube Tips can be used with real foods for functional biting/chewing practice.  Because they're hollow, the Bite Tube Tips are also recommended for those with a weak bite.

    Develop Oral Motor Skills:
    The Z-Vibe provides a safe and effective way to work on the oral motor skills necessary to make speech sounds and to manage food. These skills include: lip/cheek/tongue awareness, lip closure, lip extension, jaw stability and grading, tongue and jaw dissociation, tongue elevation, tongue retraction and protrusion, tongue lateralization, and a tongue bowl. Using the Z-Vibe, therapists and caregivers can target specific movements within the oral cavity - physically demonstrating where the tongue, lips, and jaw should be for each skill. For specific exercises on how to improve these goals, consult our blog, video directory, and Tips & Techniques for the Z-Vibe® & Z-Grabber®.

    Improve Oral Hygiene:
    Use the Brush Tips for gentle gum massage and teeth cleaning and to transition individuals into the eventual use of a regular toothbrush. The Tongue Tip, Popette, and Floss Tips can also be used for dental care with the Z-Vibe.

    Work on Writing Skills:
    When used with the PenPencil, or Crayon Tips, the Z-Vibe becomes the Tran-Quill™ Pen/Pencil/Crayon - an excellent tool for sensory motor needs. The vibration increases focus and attention while working on handwriting, homework, and other writing tasks, but does not affect the actual writing.



    Therapy Video

    Below is an example of how to use the Z-Vibe to work on tongue elevation and lateralization.  For more information on how to use the Z-Vibe, exercise ideas, and more, check out the Tips & Techniques for the Z-Vibe book and/or ARK University.






    Who manufactures the Z-Vibe®?
    We do! At ARK Therapeutic, you are buying directly from the manufacturer and designer of this tool.

    The Z-Vibe® is the brainchild of Debra C. Lowsky, MS, CCC-SLP and her husband John Lowsky, Jr., BS ME. Having worked with children and adults with speech and feeding disorders for over 35 years, Debbie fully understands the challenges that the special needs community faces every day. The Z-Vibe® was therefore designed with safety, durability, and versatility in mind.  To learn more about us, click here.

    Are the materials safe?
    100% yes. ARK Therapeutic was founded with the desire to serve the special needs community with quality products to improve their quality of life. We are one of the only companies in the industry registered with the FDA, and our products are listed with the FDA and manufactured in the USA.  ARK products are also medical grade, FDA compliant, and contain NO lead, phthalates, PVC, BPA, or latex. 

    Why does it require a special battery?
    We had to modify the battery in order to be able to make the Z-Vibe in the USA at a at an affordable price point.  You are welcome to compare the Z-Vibe battery to regular quad energizers and make the adjustment yourself, but we can only guarantee that the ones we modify are done correctly.  

    Who can benefit from the Z-Vibe®?
    ARK's Z-Vibe® can benefit individuals of all ages and cognitive abilities, particularly those with an articulation disorder, feeding disorder, sensory issue, and/or oral motor difficulties. These difficulties may be seen in dividuals with, but not limited to, Down syndrome, Autism, Cerebral Palsy, SPD, etc. Caregivers should consult with your speech and/or occupational therapists to see if the Z-Vibe® can be incorporated into your loved one's therapeutic treatment plan.

    Is vibration right for everyone?
    Many individuals crave oral sensory input and welcome stimulation from the Z-Vibe®. However, each person has his or her own set of sensory preferences, likes, and dislikes, and so some may be less receptive to vibration than others. Vibration is very alerting, and it may take time to establish trust and acceptance. Start slowly and gradually introduce the device without vibration first. Then, turn it on and show it to the individual, allowing him or her to feel the vibration in the hands or on the arms, slowly working towards acceptance into the mouth. Remember, however, that the Z-Vibe® can always be used in the OFF position without vibration. Even without vibration, the Z-Vibe® can be used for oral motor stimulation and speech/feeding exercises.

    I am a parent/caregiver. Can I use the Z-Vibe® at home?
    Absolutely! It is very important for parents to follow through with recommended therapy techniques at home. On average, children see their speech therapists 1-2 times per week, but you see your child every day! Accelerate learning by working on your child's therapy homework every day, several times throughout the day. Ask your therapist to explain AND demonstrate the exercises and to give you tips for making progress at home. Detailed exercises on how to use the Z-Vibe can also be found in Tips & Techniques for the Z-Vibe® & Z-Grabber®.

    Can my child use the Z-Vibe® on his own?
    The Z-Vibe® is to be used by a therapist and/or parent.  If the child wants to hold the Z-Vibe him/herself, we recommend using hand-over-hand assistance.  As a medical device that contains small parts, it must be supervised at all times.


  • Product Reviews


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    1. I absolutely love the Z-vibe and all the accessories that go with it.

      I have a 3 1/2 yr old that is just beginning to learn the art of chewing. He loves mouthing the z-vibe with the tips, and is now imitating the chewing motion with it on the left side of his mouth. He was a shaken baby, had multiple strokes while in PICU, and has multiple deficits. We have been in therapy for over 3 yrs, and he has made a lot of progress. We have a long way to go, but having such wonderful equipment available makes it much easier to help him. Thank you so very much.

    2. Life saver

      I love the Z vibe! It has made brushing my son's teeth easier. Thank you for making this product. It has truly made bedtime less of a fight. ;)
      Sometimes when he's distressed I rub the vibe across his back and face. He calms down and stops self-harming. It is a lifesaver.

    3. Great tool for eating problems in toddler

      My son was born almost three months premature and we started him on pures at around 8 months or 5 months adjusted. He would stick his tongue out anytime we tried giving him the purees. We went to an Occupational Therapist by the time he was13 months old. She recommended this tool. It has tremendously helped my son tolerate and understand how to eat purees because of the vibration and texture on the tool. Very helpful tool for kids who cant input certain textures.

    4. Uniquely awesome

      The zip vibe has brought oral awareness to my son in a way nothing else has before. When using this before and during feeds he developed a stronger bite and a better chew. Huge game changer and I would recommend this to anyone with a child with feeding difficulties so long as they can tolerate a vibration about as strong as an electric toothbrush.

    5. Awesome product... awesome company!!!

      My son loves the Z-vibe!!! He has limited ability to grasp but has taken to this product and has grasped it for very long periods of time! He loves the vibration and so he holds it way longer than other toys. The customer service went above and beyond to help us and I would highly recommend this product and this company!!!

    6. Easy to use

      My granddaughter really likes to use the Z-Vibe. It must feel good to her she grabs it and works in her mouth. I wish I had head about this tool several years ago.

    7. Great for DS infant

      I love using this to help "wake up" the mouth and face of a DS infant. They're able to imitate a lot of oral-motor tasks when using the Z-Vibe for additional sensory input!

    8. Plastic Z-VIbe

      Love it! Prefer the plastic over the metal Z-Vibe

    9. Affordable and versatile

      This is the best oral motor tool that I have found. I love that you can buy one handle and multiple different tips for different patients.

    10. plastic z-vibe

      This upgraded design is so much better than the original z-vibe. The oral motor piece is separate from the battery component so that when you remove it to wash, the battery does not come out or get wet. I also like the on/off control at the handle end instead of the oral motor tip end.

    11. z vibe

      This sensory tool is absolutely amazing! My 3 year old son has been placed on the Autism Spectrum and is non verbal. Since we've been using this he has been more vocal and has even starting saying words. I highly recommend this for any child that has a sensory disorder.

    12. Nice

      Received this very quickly in the mail. My son loves it. I hope it helps his speech. It was highly recommended by his therapist.

    13. Mother of a special boy

      My son has this Z vibe and LOVES it! He has lots of sensory issues and doesn't eat well but the Z vibe helps him alot. It is calming and helps when he wants to put his hands in his mouth alot. The Z vibes many tips makes it a tool that can do so many things!

    14. The secret to getting my boy to eat.

      Vibration was the secret to getting my son to eat by mouth! He would allow vibration to his mouth but not food, so I used the vibration to vibrate the spoon and he took a bit! That was way before ARK had the spoon attachment :) Thanks ARK for making product that I can feel confident that my son can chew on and put in his mouth without worry about toxins.

    15. Feeding Therapy Essential,

      Perfect for Oral-Motor-sensory input for feeding therapy and a great pair with traditional techniques!

    16. Speech Language Pathologist

      Have worked w z-vibes for several years and am satisfied w/their durability and reliability. Only drawback is the screw on/off feature of the vibrating mechanism at base of handle. This piece can be unscrewed and detached from the device w/battery and springs falling out(a potential choking hazard for young children). A child must be supervised when handling z-vibe.

    17. Impressive tool

      was pleasantly surprised with the vibration of this device. It is quiet and effective, not too high or overwhelming. I use it daily with my patients with oral aversions and have really noticed a difference!

    18. z-vibe

      The z-vbe is an excellent tool for any SLP working with oral motor abilities. One of the other therapists in my clinic has a pink one and after using it I had to get one of my own!

    19. Plastic DNZ-Vibe

      I am an occupational therapist and I have used the Z-vibe products extensively in my clinic. Parents also often purchase them for home use for oral facilitation. I love having the variety of oral stimulation attachments available to this product. The only item missing is a spork or fork attachment.

    20. Mother

      My son loves the Zvibe. It has help him out alot. He does not gag as much when we use the Z vibe.

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