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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.
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:
Decrease Oral Sensitivities and Food/Texture Aversions:
Calm and Soothe:
Transition from Puréed to Textured Foods:
Teach Biting and Chewing Skills:
Develop Oral Motor Skills:
Improve Oral Hygiene:
Work on Writing Skills:
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.
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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. Carolyn
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. Erin
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. Deb
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. Ashley
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!!! Kathy
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. Debbie
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! Adrienne
Love it! Prefer the plastic over the metal Z-Vibe BA
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. Caroline
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. WendyW
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. Stephanie
Received this very quickly in the mail. My son loves it. I hope it helps his speech. It was highly recommended by his therapist. Lindsey
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! Bobbi
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. Crystal
Perfect for Oral-Motor-sensory input for feeding therapy and a great pair with traditional techniques! Katherine
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. Susan
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! Georgia
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! Mary
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. Karen
My son loves the Zvibe. It has help him out alot. He does not gag as much when we use the Z vibe. Angie
ARK chew tools come in 3 color-coded toughness levels:
Usually we recommend going with the softest/standard level by default. Unless someone chews through or causes damage to anything else they chew on (chews through pencils, chews holes in shirts, etc.), in which case the XT level would be longer lasting.
If someone does chew through things, it’s possible they may need the toughest XXT level eventually. XXT is super firm, though, so we don't always recommend getting it right off the bat (some people find it uncomfortable chewing on something that firm).
So XXT is usually best either for people who have chewed through the XT level already, and/or for anyone who already likes chewing on very hard items - things like legos, hard plastic toys, wooden items, etc.
Heads up: Designs that are wider and "beefier" will feel tougher than designs that are more slender in the same toughness level. For example, the Dino-Bite in XT will feel tougher than the Krypto-Bite in XT.×
Probe Tip - This is the most versatile & popular tip attachment. It's bumpy on one side and striated on the other side for different levels of sensory input (the bumpy side provides more input than the striated side).
Mini Tip - This is a smaller version of the Probe Tip, designed for smaller mouths (about 2.5 years and under). This age recommendation is not a hard-and-fast rule though - we've seen younger kids use the Probe Tip and older individuals use the Mini Tip.
Preefer Tip - This tip attachment is rounded with ridges all along the circumference for when a "rolling" action is desired for a different kind of sensory input. Roll it over the lips, across the tongue, and inside the cheeks.
Fine Tip - This tip narrows down to a fine point, which makes it perfect for pinpointing very specific areas in the mouth.
Bite-n-Chew Tip - These tips are rounded and chewable, for practicing biting & chewing skills. The "extra long" versions are about an inch longer and a little skinnier, to make it easier to reach the back molars. The textured version has bumps for extra sensory input.
Bite Tube Tip - These tips are similar to the Bite-n-Chew Tip, but with a hollow center so that you can put puréed foods (applesauce, yogurt, etc.) inside the tip for functional biting & chewing practice. Once you bite down on the tip, you get 'rewarded' with a taste of food.
Spoon Tip - Great for feeding therapy and mealtimes, these attachments turn the Z-Vibe into a vibrating spoon! The smooth, gentle vibration can help "wake up" the mouth and decrease aversions. The textured version has bumps on the bottom of the spoon bowl to help stimulate the tongue and lower lip, and to help encourage the transition from puréed to more solid foods. The hard Spoon Tip is rigid, like a regular spoon. The soft Spoon Tip is flexible (still firm enough to hold food, but flexible enough to be gentle on the teeth if someone bites down on the spoon.
Tongue Tip - This tip can be used as a traditional tongue scraper to help establish good oral care. It can also be used to help establish the concept of tongue lateralization and elevation (hold the Tongue Tip vertically in front of the mouth and ask the individual to put the tip of their tongue inside the hole, then guide the tongue from side to side or up and down). You can also place the Tongue Tip flat on top of the tongue to provide input to a large surface area of the tongue (this tip has the largest "footprint" surface-area-wise).
Popette Tip - This tip attachment is an adaptor that lets you use lollipops with the Z-Vibe. Just twist the Popette Tip into the Z-Vibe handle, then press a lollipop into the Popette Tip. Lollipops are a fun way to get kids interested in sensory oral motor exercises.
Brush Tips - The soft version has gentle bristles for gum massage; the hard version has firmer bristles closer to that of a traditional toothbrush. These can be used to help get orally sensitive individuals more comfortable with oral care, so that they can eventually use regular toothbrushes, be more comfortable going to the dentist, etc.
Pencil - This attachment turns your Z-Vibe into a vibrating pencil! The vibration of the Z-Vibe is very smooth, so it doesn't create squiggly lines. Instead, it can help increase focus by providing more sensory input and awareness to the hand.
Pen - This attachment turns your Z-Vibe into a vibrating pen.
Crayon - And this attachment turns your Z-Vibe into a vibrating crayon.
Brick Tip - This tip attachment has large bumps on one side and small bumps on the other side for lots of varying sensory input while biting & chewing. It comes in 3 toughness levels for mild to moderate to avid chewing.×