How to teach straw drinking

I posted under “sip it” strategies for drinking from a straw and open cup drinking….with some good resources and links to help your little one.

About Kim

My name is Kim Marino and I have been practicing as a licensed speech and language pathologist since 1993. I work on Long Island providing diagnostic evaluations and services to children from birth to age 21. My experience is vast and am proud to say that I work with children that may present with articulation and phonological concerns, oral motor feeding concerns, Down Syndrome feeding, cognitive rehabilitation, auditory processing delays, receptive language delays, cleft palate feeding and sound development and expressive language delays. Most importantly, I am the mother of four amazing children and am happily married to my childhood sweetheart. I feel blessed to have my four children and so lucky to share this journey in life with my husband. I always had it somewhere in my head that I wanted to develop a blog or a website of some sort so that I could provide families with an additional resource....so that parents could help their little ones become a better communicator. And as I was developing this blog....I realized that I also needed to share the stories about my life and my children....and the funny things along the way that help to keep me smiling. Whether you are a working mother or not...finding balance between home, children and life can be a challenge....I hope that my blog helps to bring a smile to your face..and also some tools to help you help your little or big one. I hope you enjoy! Kim
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2 Responses to How to teach straw drinking

  1. Tina Pfeiffer says:

    Hello Kim,
    Thank you for coming to my home today and evaluating my twin boys. I feel much better. Thank you! You suggested the horn set to use with Dylan to control his drooling, however I am not sure which horn I should purchase as they sell many. Would you mind directing me to the correct horn? Thank you again for everything.
    Tina

    • admin says:

      Hi Tina….I am so glad that you feel better…also look at the expressive language page….I think you will find some helpful strategies to elicit language development.
      With regard to the horns…it would be best if you bought: Talk Tools Tongue Retraction Horn Kit.
      Also blowing bubbles with him will also make his lip muscles stronger…little ones have a difficult time in blowing bubbles…so you blow the bubble…catch it with the wand…and have him blow the bubble off of the wand….another great way to increase strength is to have him drink yogurt from a straw….be sure to cut the straw in half so that he does not have to work too hard at pulling the yogurt out of the straw……this has prompted me to write a page on oral motor skills…which i will do in the next week or so for you!
      keep in touch
      kim

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