Throw out the sippy cups and straw sippy cups with inserts in them…the valve that prevents them from leaking….why? Because these cups promote a forward tongue movement when drinking…which is something we do NOT want. Especially if your child presents with low muscle….and even more significant if your child has Down Syndrome.
A sippy cup….and the straw sippy cups….most of them have valves/inserts in them….this will promote that forward tongue movement…a movment we DO NOT want to see. Most likely if your little one has low tone or Down Syndrome…when she is drinking with a straw sippy with an insert or a sippy cup….you will see her tongue underneath the straw….you will see her tongue moving forward….and you may see more of a suckle.
If you are using the Take and Toss cups….or the Honey Bear straw cup….Honey Bear found on www.talktools.com and I found the Take and Toss on of course www.amazon.com …..if you are using these…and your little one with low muscle tone or DS can….have her put 1/2 inch of the straw tip above the lid opening and put this small section of the straw in her mouth.
Even if your little one does not have low muscle tone or Down Sydrome…drinking out of a sippy cup or a straw sippy cup promotes a forward tongue movement…and can contribute to articulation errors as she acquires speech.