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​My child / student is biting other kids - what can I do?

Kids biting is not uncommon. Think of biting as a way of communicating. Infants and young children don't yet have the expressive language skills to “tell" an adult or another child that they are angry, feeling frustrated, excited, fearful, overwhelmed, tired, bored, that someone is invading their space, etc. So the [...]

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​15 Made in the USA Autism Chew Toys

Need to chew?   You’ve come to the right place!  We make 15 (and counting) different chew tool designs.  They come in a variety of shapes, sizes, textures, and hardnesses to best meet a variety of sensory preferences.  Each option provides a safe, appropriate outlet for the need to chew (instead of chewing on one's [...]

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Babies Biting on Straws

Hello!  I have a 19-month old son that is currently doing occupational therapy through our state’s early childhood intervention program.  We have been trying to teach him how to drink out of a straw, but to no avail.  I have tried steps 1-4 on your How to Teach Straw Drinking article with the ARK Bear Bottle, [...]

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Needing to Chew + Drooling

So my 8, almost 9 year old son loves your chewelry, especially your textured brick chewie. But what I'm finding lately is that it makes him drool like crazy!!  He always drooled some before when chewing, but now it even drips down his chin. Any ideas on what we can do to stop the [...]

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Chewing on Straws

Question:  I have a student who chews on straws. What items would be the best for him? Hello! We have what we call ‘polytubing straws’ - it's medical grade tubing that comes in 3 foot lengths that you can trim to any length (so you can get several straws out of it). It’s not bite-proof [...]

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Does needing to chew mean my child has Autism or sensory processing disorder?

Question: I'm very new to all of this oral sensory topic.   I'm trying to understand it better as my 12 year old daughter shows significant signs for the need to chew and always has (I just thought it was teething and a phase).  The one thing I have noticed in my reading about [...]

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Tongue Thrust Therapy

Question:  I am an SLP seeing a 8 year old student with a tongue thrust.  What products would be the best for addressing the tongue thrust?  How long does it usually take for them to affect a change in a child's lingual placement? . Great question.  For tongue thrust therapy, I use the protocol outlined in the book [...]

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DIY "Talk Back" Auditory Feedback Device

When working on articulation, I often find it best to begin the session with an auditory discrimination activity.  Not only does this help children better hear their own speech, but it also helps them settle into therapy and focus their attention. Auditory discrimination is the ability to tell the difference between correct and incorrect speech sounds.  Some [...]

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Tongue Tip Elevation Exercises

Tongue tip elevation is the ability to lift the tip of one's tongue up to the alveolar ridge (the spot just behind the upper front teeth).  As a shorthand, we often call this location "on spot," as in, "get your tongue tip on spot!" Tongue tip elevation is an oral motor skill necessary to say certain speech [...]

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75+ Feeding Therapy Tips & Strategies

For any therapist seeking to specialize in feeding, the best piece of advice I could give you is to become a sponge.  Take courses and workshops, read as many articles as you can, talk to and learn from your colleagues, join special interest groups on Facebook and ASHA etc., follow blogs, observe other therapy sessions, [...]

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