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 click here.
Are the materials safe?
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 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 individuals 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.