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Food Refusal - Is It Oral Motor or Sensory Related?

Having a child with feeding issues is one of the hardest problems to handle both for therapists and parents, and it's stressful for the child as well.  Our lives often revolve around food!  And so does healthy growth and development.  I commend you for looking for more information on this topic and hope that you [...]

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How to Decrease Tongue Protrusion & Encourage Retraction

Question: I have a 2 year old on my EI caseload, our program purchased a z-vibe kit for him. He is demonstrating some sensory aversion, drooling, and an open mouth posture with tongue protrusion. His tongue protrusion is beginning to affect production of his speech sounds. Are there any specific exercises I can have him do to [...]

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Halloween Activity for Fine Motor & Language Play

We drew up some "spooktacular" free printables for you all.  Introducing: Frankenstein (“Frankie”) and his Bride.  Each character is available in both blank and colored in, all of which can be downloaded  here.  Read below for ideas on how to use them for Halloween-themed learning activities: . To encourage speech and language: Print off the blank characters and have the [...]

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Preparing for Halloween

With just over two weeks left before Halloween, now is a good time to help children get ready for trick-or-treating.  Some of my kids say "fick or feet" or "sick uh seat" or "twick or tweet."  So we'll spend time practicing how to say "Trick or Treat" correctly (or the best way they can to [...]

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How to Make a Puzzle More Therapy-Friendly

.  This puzzle wasn't early-intervention-friendly enough for me - the insets were just a boring tan / wooden color!  So I colored in the insets to give kids more of a visual cue to complete the puzzle.  Now they can match the blue dog puzzle piece to the blue dog picture, the green fish piece to the green fish picture, [...]

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Cork Button Castles - DIY Fine Motor Activity

These "Cork Button Castles" are a fun and effective DIY fine motor activity.  Not only are the fingers and the fingertips in charge, but the Velcro also provides an added level of resistance to really make their intrinsic muscles work.  A big thank you to the amazing blog No Time for Flashcards for the inspiration!. .  What [...]

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DIY Fine Motor Activity for Finger Isolation

Finger isolation is the ability to move certain fingers independently from the rest of your fingers.  It's an important skill in a variety of everyday activities, such as pointing, activating toys, pressing the button in the elevator, dialing a phone, writing with an efficient grasp, etc.  And also for more complex tasks such as typing or [...]

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How to Develop a Rotary Chewing Pattern

I recently completed a Clinical Swallow Evaluation and today a Videofluoroscopic Swallow Study of a 10 yr old boy's swallow (both revealed a safe swallow that is within normal limits) and observed that his is not an age-appropriate chew pattern.  He engages in a Nonstereotypic Vertical Movement during mastication.  As a result, oral prep phase [...]

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DIY Noodle Snake & Fun Activities for Bilateral Coordination

Simply put, bilateral coordination is the ability to use both sides of your body together in an organized, coordinated manner.  Most children pick up this skill naturally, but sometimes there can be a disconnect.  Why is this a problem?  Most of what we do on a daily basis involves bilateral coordination: tying shoelaces, typing, opening [...]

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You Know Your Mom Is an SLP When...

.  You know your mom is an SLP when:. •  You can diagnose a lateral lisp within 2 seconds flat. •  Your mom uses sign language to talk to you from across the room. •  You are the tester / guinea pig for any new games, exercises, etc. •  Any sharp turns in your mom's car = therapy materials start [...]

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