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Debbie's Blog

Tongue Tip Elevation Exercises

Posted by Debra C. Lowsky, MS, CCC-SLP on 26th Jun 2016

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 … read more

Tongue Pop Oral Motor Exercises

Posted by Debra C. Lowsky, MS, CCC-SLP on 10th Sep 2013

Tongue pops are my faaaavorite oral motor exercise.  They're a fun and easy way to work on tongue placement, oral tone, tongue elevation and control, plus tongue and jaw dissociation … read more

Improving Jaw Strength & Stability

Posted by Debra C. Lowsky, MS, CCC-SLP on 22nd Aug 2013

The tongue is connected to the jaw, so wherever the jaw goes, the tongue follows. Speech sounds are properly articulated when the jaw and tongue are at midline and symmetrical. So if the jaw and … read more

Jaw Grading & Stability

Posted by Debra C. Lowsky, MS, CCC-SLP on 16th Jun 2011

Jaw grading is the ability to visually judge how far you need to open your mouth to take a bite out of certain foods and to say certain speech sounds. For example, say "ooooo" versus "aaahh" - can … read more