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Debbie's Blog

Food Pocketing in the Lips, Cheeks, and/or Gums

Posted by Debra C. Lowsky, MS, CCC-SLP on 27th Mar 2016

Question:  My four year old daughter pockets food in her lower gums.  Foods like pizza, chicken, egg whites, etc. (that do not melt like crackers or cookies).  She will simply let it … read more

Assisting Lip Closure

Posted by Debra C. Lowsky, MS, CCC-SLP on 22nd Jul 2015

Just like its namesake, lip closure (also known as lip seal) is the ability to close one's lips.  It's important for several different speech/feeding/oral motor skills: .  .  … read more

Practicing a Rhythmic Chewing Pattern

Posted by Debra C. Lowsky, MS, CCC-SLP on 11th May 2015

Rhythmic chewing is one component of a mature chewing pattern.  There's a tempo to the way we chew - it's not sporadic;  we don't chew fast then slow then fast agai … read more

How to Develop a Rotary Chewing Pattern

Posted by Debra C. Lowsky, MS, CCC-SLP on 3rd Jun 2014

I recently completed a Clinical Swallow Evaluation and today a Videofluoroscopic Swallow Study of a 10 yr old boy's swallow (both revealed a safe swallow that is within normal limits) and observed … read more