Debbie's Blog

Oral Motor Straw Workout

Posted by Debra C. Lowsky, MS, CCC-SLP on 7th Apr 2017

Below are directions for a Straw / Lip Blok program I've used with many of my kids over the years. I usually do this in conjunction with tongue thrust therapy when their swallowing pattern need … read more

Babies Biting on Straws

Posted by Debra C. Lowsky, MS, CCC-SLP on 17th Sep 2016

Question:  Hello!  I have a 19-month old son that is currently doing occupational therapy through our state’s early childhood intervention program.  We have been trying to teach him … read more

Tongue Thrust Therapy

Posted by Debra C. Lowsky, MS, CCC-SLP on 12th Jul 2016

Question:  I am an SLP seeing a 8 year old student with a tongue thrust.  What products would be the best for addressing the tongue thrust?  How long does it usually take for th … 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