In children with Down Syndrome…typically they present with low muscle tone…so their tongue may sit more forward in the mouth because of this low muscle tone. Drinking correctly from a straw will help promote lingual retraction…that is why I have written about the importance of the straw kit (you can purchase through www.talktools.com). Working on the straw kit helps with lingual retraction, decreases lingual protrusion and improves lip rounding and lip protrusion….helping your little one to draw the liquid up the straw using her lips…not her tongue…with her tongue behind the straw…and retracting back.
Many moms wrote to me saying that they found straw sippy cups without the insert….so…..If you are able to find a straw sippy cup without an insert…be sure to first try it out to make sure that your tongue is retracting….and then…use a lip block.
The lip block…can be purchased at www.talktools.com. And it should be placed on the straw so that no more than 1/2 inch of the straw enters your little one’s mouth. Even though the straw sippys without an insert are better than the straw sippys with an insert….I still want to be sure that the straw is not on top of her tongue…that she is not using her tongue to stabilize the straw….and that she is using lip rounding and tongue retraction while drawing up the liquid. The lip block will help with the positioning of her tongue…will help with lingual retraction and with lip rounding.
Hope this was helpful…please post with any questions or comments.