Oral Motor & Sensory Chew Tools
Signs that a child is hypo-sensitive may include eating/licking everything. They may always have the tendency to have something in their mouths including non food items. They usually tend to overstuff their mouths with food and very messy eaters. They may like very crunchy foods and foods with a strong flavor such as spicy foods, very sweet/sour foods such as lemons, and very salty foods. They may be nail biters or chew on clothing.
Oral motor exercises help the muscles in the mouth and face for speech, eating, and saliva control. Here are some things you can do with your child just for fun, and target better oral motor control at the same time.
Take some applesauce or thick fluid and have your child suck it through a straw
Chew/Bite tubes and vibrating tools are very helpful with motor planning and oral muscle building which can help with increased oral stimulation and decrease sensitivities.
Blowing toys such as blowing bubbles, whistles and balloons
ARK's Oral Motor Starter Kit with Z-Vibe's smooth, gentle vibration helps "wake up" the mouth and increase oral awareness. It includes 4 different tips with various textures for tactile stimulation, and 2 chew tools of different resiliencies (one soft and one extra tough)
Oral motor cards and games. This helps children master lip, tongue and jaw exercises at home or school
TalkTools Vibrator & Toothettes® This is an excellent tool for diagnosing sensory-motor deficits, promoting awareness of the oral cavity, and reducing "fixing". It is also valuable for addressing oral sensitivity. Includes 20 Toothettes® and full instructions
Play a funny face making game with a mirror. Make silly faces in the mirror while you are brushing your child’s teeth at night and try to get your child to imitate
Use vibrating toys around the face and mouth. Use a vibrating toothbrush or vibrating toy for their mouths and move it around their entire mouth. These stimulate the muscles, and promote more musculature awareness
Have your child smile, don't smile, then a frown and repeat
ARK's Ultra Bear Bottle Kit - Comes with a special valve that keeps fluid at the top of the straw, which means less effort is required to take a sip - perfect for beginners or kids with oral motor difficulties / a weak suck. Also comes with a Lip Blok to prevent biting the straw or putting it too far back in the mouth. The lip Blok also naturally exercises the mouth muscles for an oral motor workout. You can also squeeze the friendly bear's belly to assist drinking. For individuals who tend to take too much fluid at a time, the Select-Flow Valve also slows the flow of fluid, allowing for smaller, more manageable sips that lower the risk of coughing/choking.
ARK's Tran-Quill Vibrating Pencil Use the Z-Vibe as a writing tool to improve focus and handwriting. The vibration, texture, and weight of the handle can help increase focus and concentration, improve rote muscle memory, normalize writing speed, increase hand strength and dexterity, and decrease the grip force used to hold a pencil.
Have your child practice saying "oooo" and then "eeeee" then combine the two movements
The Oral Motor Workout comes with all of the basic tools you may need to start an oral motor treatment plan, plus two books with detailed exercises on how to use them. Chapter topics include: oral awareness, jaw grading and stability, lip closure, lip movement, tongue and jaw dissociation, tongue lateralization, tongue elevation, tongue bowl, biting and chewing, rhythmic chewing, transitioning from puréed to textured foods, articulation, oral hygiene, and more. The tools provided will allow you to complete the majority of the exercises contained in the books. Use the Therapy Practice Pad to keep track of which exercises you're working on and the progress over time. Kit includes: 1 Z-Vibe® (Lavender), 1 Preefer Tip, 1 Mini Tip, 1 Popette Tip, 1 Soft Fine Tip, 1 Textured Bite-n-Chew Tip XL, 1 Bite-n-Chew Tip XL, 1 Bite-n-Chew Tip (Unscented), 1 Bite-n-Chew Tip (Berry Scented), 1 Bite-n-Chew Tip (Citrus Scented), 1 Grabber, 1 Textured Grabber, 1 Grape Scented Grabber XT, 1 Pen, 1 Therapy Practice Pad, 1 Tips & Techniques for the Z-Vibe® book, and 1 Tips & Techniques for the Grabber® Family book. Tools made in the USA out of medical grade, FDA compliant materials that contain NO lead, phthalates, PVC, BPA, or latex. Caution: these therapeutic tools should be used under adult supervision at all times. When changing tips and/or the battery, please use caution as the unit contains small parts that pose a choking hazard.
Chew Stixx Pencil Toppers defeat destructive oral motor grinding, lessen anxiety, improve attention/concentration, and are excellent for use in therapy or school. If your child bites, chews, or grinds, give them something safe to chew on. The Chew Stixx Pencil Topper fits on any number 2 pencil, decreases lead exposure, is safe for teeth, is socially acceptable, and is allowed in classrooms. The toppers also increase attention, lower anxiety levels, and have been proven to improve concentration skills in children constantly seeking sensory input. Excellent for streamline and special needs children. Package includes one smooth and one knobby surfaced topper. Use of this product should be supervised by an adult at all times. Not for use with children under 3 years of age. Pencils not included. Sold As A Pair of 2 Elementary-Middle School Grade Level Category: Special Needs / Sensory Solutions / Oral Motor Designed for students with special education needs Short Name: Pencil Topper 1 Smooth 1 Textured - Pair Of 2 Oral Products