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Jaw Grading Oral Motor Exercises with ARK's Bite Blocks

Posted by Debbie Lowsky, MS, CCC-SLP​ on 31st Mar 2020

I always love adding new tools to my oral motor toolbox, and the Bite Blocks are no exception.  These handy oral motor tools come in two different versions, both of which can be used to work o … read more

Lip Closure & Rounding Exercises

Posted by Debra C. Lowsky, MS, CCC-SLP on 30th May 2016

Lip closure (also known as lip seal) is the ability to close one's lips around a spoon, straw, cup, etc.  It's also important in order to say certain speech sounds, such as /p/b/m/, and i … read more

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