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Debbie's Blog

The Oral Motor Benefits of Straws

Posted by Debra C. Lowsky, MS, CCC-SLP on 27th May 2016

Whenever a parent asks me what they can do to improve their child’s oral motor skills, one of my first questions is usually:  Are they drinking from straws yet? Drinking from a straw is a ve … read more

The Right and Wrong Way to Spoon Feed

Posted by Debra C. Lowsky, MS, CCC-SLP on 22nd Nov 2015

Did you know that there is a right and wrong way to spoon feed?  The wrong way involves lifting your hand upward as you remove the spoon from the child’s mouth.  This method scrapes the s … read more

Drooling - Getting to the Root of the Problem

Posted by Debra C. Lowsky, MS, CCC-SLP on 23rd Aug 2015

Question:  I was looking at some of the tools and videos on your site.  I have a 9 year old daughter with low tone in her face and some periodic drooling.  I have taken her to variou … read more

Assisting Lip Closure

Posted by Debra C. Lowsky, MS, CCC-SLP on 22nd Jul 2015

Just like its namesake, lip closure (also known as lip seal) is the ability to close one's lips.  It's important for several different speech/feeding/oral motor skills: .  .  … read more

Fun, Edible Oral Motor Exercises for Kids

Posted by Debra C. Lowsky, MS, CCC-SLP on 16th Oct 2013

Incorporating yummy treats into your oral motor therapy sessions is a great way to spark interest and increase attention.  As long as there are no food allergies, the following goodies will sw … read more