Tip of the day!



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.


Have fun!


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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4 Responses to Tip of the day!

  1. iris olivas says:

    What type of cup can i use with my 7 month old baby who is only drinking from bottle and had Down syndrome.

    • Kim says:

      You really should begin with the Honey Bear straw cup as soon as possible. You can read to the right of my blog how to begin to teach straw drinking. You can start cup drinking as well with the open cut out nosey cups…look on http://www.talktools.com website for them. When starting cup drinking you should thicken up the liquid a bit with either baby cereal or yogurt if you LO is allowed. This makes it easier to manage when drinking. Keep me posted with any questions. Best, Kim

  2. Stacy Meade says:

    What are the best cups to use for a 10 month old?

    • Kim says:

      Hi Stacy….I would buy the cut out nosey cups sold on wwww.talktools.com. The smallest one would be best to start off with. Practicing in the bathtub (using sink water) is also great..this way there are no worries when she spills. Do not use sippy cups..they promote tongue protrusion. Best, Kim

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