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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

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

How to Desensitize Gloves

Posted by Debra C. Lowsky, MS, CCC-SLP on 26th Nov 2012

For some kids, gloves can be scary.  The rubbery feel, the unfamiliar smell and taste, the strange look (where did your hands go?!), and the squishy sound they make - these are all possible tr … read more

Consecutive Bites of Food

Posted by Debra C. Lowsky, MS, CCC-SLP on 25th Sep 2012

Question:  I am working with a 2-year-old with CP.  I cannot get him to take consecutive bites of food.  He takes one bite and lets it sit in his mouth until it dissolves, then swall … read more