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Isolating Back of Tongue Elevation for K, G, and Y

For the K, G, and Y sounds, the back of the tongue elevates to the palate.  One of my favorite "tricks" to assist back of tongue elevation is to use the Z-Vibe with the Hard Spoon Tip. . . Place the bowl of the Spoon Tip on the tip of the tongue, and then have the child say [...]

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An Alternative for Fidgeters Who Like to Pick

Question:  My son has Asperger Syndrome and severe ADHD.  He has a picking problem and will pick his nails, credit cards, scabs etc.  I am looking for something he can wear on his wrist he can fidget with instead.  Do you have any recommendations of your products?  Thank you in advance. .  It sounds like our Brick [...]

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Calming a High Energy Sensory Seeker

Question:   We are currently working with my son on his out of control behavior mostly at school, but also at home.  I've noticed he likes to run his hands over my arms, or through my hair.  He'll also rub his head against me and such.  So I'm thinking he may be more of a [...]

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10 Tips for Kids Who Need to Chew - An Oral Sensory Diet

Have you ever craved crunchy foods?  Or chewed gum?  Ever chewed on your pen caps while concentrating or bit your fingernails when nervous?  We all have oral sensory habits to some extent. For children with sensory needs and/or Autism, however, oral sensory input can play a particularly important role.  Chewing throughout the day (especially during times of stress and/or [...]

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Thumb / Finger Sucking Alternatives

Question:   My sensory child is more of a sucker than chewer.  She usually sucks on her thumb and fingers, but I am wanting to get her some other options for school and transitions.  She's 5.  What do you recommend? Thumb/finger sucking can be a very hard habit to break - what works for one person may not work for [...]

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Feeding Issues from Reflux

Question:  I’m seeking help for our son. The short story is that my son was born at 25 weeks and was in the nicu for 3.5 months and has overcome many things.  When he left the nicu he was always a tough feeder (fussy) but always ate plenty by bottle. Then during a re admission, his [...]

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Building a Therapy Lego Wall

A lego wall is a very simple DIY project that packs a ton of therapeutic benefit.  To assemble:  simply attach a lego board to a wall.  Mine is from at least 20 years ago so I don't know the exact brand anymore, but any lego / brick set that comes with a mat to stack [...]

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Food Pocketing in the Lips, Cheeks, and/or Gums

Question:  My four year old daughter pockets food in her lower gums.  Foods like pizza, chicken, egg whites, etc. (that do not melt like crackers or cookies).  She will simply let it stay in her gum pockets until she looks like a chipmunk and eventually we will have to remove it with our fingers.  She is not able [...]

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Sensory Benefits of Heavy Work Activities

Heavy work activities are any type of action that pushes or pulls against the body.  This could be tension created by something pushing/pulling against your body (like swimming where the water pushes against the body) or tension that the body itself creates (like monkey bars where the body’s own weight creates the resistance). . . Who can benefit from heavy work [...]

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Why Does My Older Child Chew on Everything?

Question:  My 9 year old chews on everything... erasers, foam rubber, shirt collars.    He has always had an oral fixation since he was a toddler, putting toys in his mouth and chewing on everything in sight.  Is this something more than typical childhood behavior?  I've read on some discussion boards that your "Grabbers" are often [...]

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