Debbie's Blog

Gum Massage for Oral Stimulation

Posted by Debra C. Lowsky, MS, CCC-SLP on 6th Jan 2012

Gum massage is a simple yet effective way to provide oral stimulation to a large surface area within the mouth.  This tactile input can: •  help decrease oral aversions for hypersens … read more

Tongue Lateralization and Protrusion

Posted by Debra C. Lowsky, MS, CCC-SLP on 26th Sep 2011

Question:  Do you have a tool to increase tongue protrusion and tongue lateralization? We do!  ARK's  Oro-Navigator was specifically created to help individuals "get" the conce … read more

What to Look for in a Sippy Cup

Posted by Debra C. Lowsky, MS, CCC-SLP on 22nd Sep 2011

As a speech therapist, I don't recommend sippy cups since many of them promote a tongue thrust and improper oral positioning, which can negatively affect a child's speech and feeding development. & … read more

Jaw Grading & Stability

Posted by Debra C. Lowsky, MS, CCC-SLP on 16th Jun 2011

Jaw grading is the ability to visually judge how far you need to open your mouth to take a bite out of certain foods and to say certain speech sounds. For example, say "ooooo" versus "aaahh" - can … read more