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

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

Training the Oral Musculature with Lip Bloks

Posted by Debra C. Lowsky, MS, CCC-SLP on 5th Sep 2015

Question:  Hi!  I have a 2 year old patient (12-14 month old skill level) who has significant tongue protrusion when attempting to drink out of a cup - this is not noted during any other … read more