Sunday, October 21, 2007

Oral Motor Development Exercises

Hugs for little brother

Whitney is working hard to gain some speech skills and her speech therapist has given us a list of some great play activities that will improve oral motor skills:

Use straws to suck liquids
Blow bubbles in liquid with a straw
Straw painting (blowing paint with a straw)
Blow bubbles
Blow up balloons
Blow lightweight objects across the table (cotton balls, feathers, glitter)
Play with Whistles and Horns
Blow a pinwheel
Chew gum and blow bubbles
Chew tough food items (licorice, taffy, beef jerky, bagels)
Suck and lick popsicles, lollipops, or ice cream cones
Slurp food without utensils
Put on purees like lipstick or chapstick (ranch dressing, applesauce, yogurt, pudding)
Apply lipstick and make kiss marks on paper
Use a vibrating toothbrush

Some of these sound pretty messy, but they should help to make little ones like Whitney to be more aware of their mouths and how they work. I'll be sure to post some pictures of some of these. Can't wait to have Whitney try wearing ranch dressing as lipstick!

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