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 tongue slide left or right as you talk, it can cause a lateral lisp and unclear/slushy speech.
Having control over your jaw is also important for biting and chewing skills, for holding your jaw in place when at rest, and for jaw grading. So for all of the above, it’s important to strengthen and stabilize the jaw at the center.
The Grabber and Y-Chew are among my favorite tools to work on jaw strength and stability (as well as many other oral motor skills). The long extensions m
We've all heard the popular "Don't play with your food!" mantra. But contrary to popular belief, playing with food is actually a wonderful way for kids to learn about and discover new foods. Why?
1. Trying a new food can be stressful, particularly for kids with sensory issues and/or food aversions. If you introduce a new food through play, you're removing the pressure/anxiety of having to take a bite and consume it.
2. Food play allows kids to take a step back from the fork. Food must never be forced, so you can use play as a a pre-feeding strategy to get kids to interact with
Oral defensiveness falls into two main categories: HYPOsensitivity and HYPERsensitivity:
• Individuals with hyposensitivities have low oral tone and very little awareness of what's going on inside their mouths. This "oral numbness" so to speak can cause significant speech and feeding delays. For example, the ability to create a food bolus is a critical oral motor skill necessary for swallowing. But how can I teach this skill to an individual who cannot feel his tongue? Lack of awareness can also lead to mouth stuffing, leftover food particles in and around the mouth, drooling, etc. In these cases, it is important to increase oral awareness by providing varied oral input and sensation throughout the oral cavity. It is at this point, however, that hyposensitive individuals can become orally defensive. Because they are not used to new feelings and sensations inside their mouths, they may be afraid/unsure of the sensations and therefore refuse intervention.
Posted by Debra C. Lowsky, MS, CCC-SLP on 10th Nov 2014
Having a child with feeding issues is one of the hardest problems to handle both for therapists and parents, and it's stressful for the child as well. Our lives often revolve around food! And so does healthy growth and development. I commend you for looking for more information on this topic and hope that you find this post helpful. So, take a deep breath and let’s roll up our sleeves.
Before we begin, please keep in mind that only a speech-language pathologist (SLP) who can evaluate your child in person will be able to tell you why he/she is refusing foods. If you are concerned that your child has eating problems, please consult with y
Posted by Debra C. Lowsky, MS, CCC-SLP on 22nd Feb 2012
For infants, learning how to bite and chew is a crucial stage of feeding development. At approximately 5-6 months of age, babies begin using their fingers and teethers for oral exploration using a bite and release pattern. The development of biting and chewing continues from this point on, with the baby refining the movements of the jaw, tongue, and lips. When infants miss a part of this developmental process, intervention may be necessary to develop the ability to bite and chew.