Oral - motor functioning is the area of assessment which looks at normal and abnormal patterns of the lips, tongue, jaw, and cheeks for eating, drinking, facial expression and speech to determine which functional skills a client has to build on, and which abnormal patterns need to be inhibited or for which compensation is needed.…
As a feeding therapist, I've seen my fair share of spoons. Below are the ones that I've found most useful over the years. Every spoon below is not only made in the USA, but also designed by a speech and/or occupational therapist with specific feeding therapy goals in mind:
Incorporating yummy treats into your oral motor therapy sessions is a great way to spark interest and increase attention. As long as there are no food allergies, the following goodies will sweeten your efforts to improve tongue elevation, tongue lateralization, oral awareness, lip closure, tongue strength, and much more.
What SLPs Need to Know About the Medical Side of Pediatric Feeding
Pediatric feeding problems come in all shapes and sizes. They tend to be complicated and often result from a combination of factors. This can make effective treatment challenging for the feeding therapist. A feeding problem is defined as “The failure to progress with feeding skills. Developmentally, a feeding problem exists when a child is ‘stuck’ in their feeding pattern and cannot progress.” So where should the speech-language pathologist start? We should always begin by trying to figure…
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 to what your tongue is doing. In order to produce the /l/ sound, the tongue tip must elevate to the alveolar ridge (just behind the upper front teeth). It must also be able to function independently - or dissociate - from the jaw. Oral motor therapy works on these "pre-requisites" for speech and feeding.
Food Refusal - Is It Oral Motor or Sensory Related?
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.
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 stay in her gum pockets until she looks like a chipmunk and eventually we will have to remove it with our fingers. What do we do?