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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

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

Not Chewing Soft Foods?

Posted by Debra C. Lowsky, MS, CCC-SLP on 14th Aug 2013

Question: My 2.5 year old daughter has down syndrome. She has had feeding issues since birth and we are trying to work with her on chewing.  She will bite and chew crackers and other hard food … read more

Oral Motor Exercises with the Z-Vibe

Posted by Debra C. Lowsky, MS, CCC-SLP on 20th May 2013

What is oral motor therapy? Oral motor therapy works on the oral skills necessary for proper speech and feeding development.  For example, try saying "la la la" right now, paying attention t … read more