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What is Oral Motor Therapy?
Oral motor therapy works on the oral skills necessary for proper speech and feeding development.Oral motor exercises target developing awareness, strength, placement, coordination, and mobility of the jaw, lips, and tongue. Using an oral motor approach along with traditional articulation therapy (targeting individual speech sounds) typically increases a child’s speech clarity in conversation rather than simply at the word level.
Horns as Therapy Tools
Horns are an important part of oral motor therapy because they address awareness of lips and maintenance of lip closure and teach retraction of saliva back over the tongue, much of which can be taught without cognitive cooperation. With horn therapy even our clients with major deficits make significant therapeutic progress.
Straws as Therapy Tools
Straws are a wonderful oral motor exercise. Drinking from a straw requires a lot of oral motor work: the lips must be pursed and closed around the straw, the tongue tense and retracted, and the cheeks taut. For the best results, use straws with a Lip Blok, which will ensure that the lips are doing all of the work (without biting on the straw for stability). Lip Bloks also make sure that the straw encourages tongue retraction (instead of a tongue thrust/suckle when the straw is too far into the mouth).
The Oral Motor Myths of Down Syndrome
When it comes to oral-motor, there are common characteristics one thinks of when it comes to a child or adult with Down syndrome.
- A high narrow palatal vault.
- Tongue protrusion.
- Mild to moderate conductive hearing loss.
- Chronic upper respiratory infections.
- Mouth breathing.
- Habitual open mouth posture.
- The impression that the child’s tongue is too big for its mouth.