When working with children presenting with Down Syndrome….it is important that I work on straw drinking as soon as possible…..the Honey Bear straw cup offered through www.talktools.com is the straw cup that I use in order to teach straw drinking. Once your little one is able to drink four ounces of liquid from the Honey Bear…on her own….she is ready for the straw kit….also offered through www.talktools.com. Please refer to the links on the side for more information on the straw kit hierarchy and using the Honey Bear to teach straw drinking.
Once again a thank you to Lori Overland for this very simple suggestion…..how to make your own Honey Bear (DIY Honey Bear)….this suggestion is great for older children and adults who need to work on straw drinking…and for families that are looking to make their own straw cup:
Use the squeezeable ketchup or mustard bottle that they sell in the summer for picnics.
Fit it with oxygen tubing for the straw.
Cut the tip of the ketchup or mustard bottle down so the oxygen tubing fits tight in it.
Then cut the tubing down to 1/4 inch above the top of the ketchup or mustard bottle.
You can thicken up liquid with applesauce if needed.
Also can mix fruit, ice and yogurt in a blender….add to honey bear…gives good sensory information
Be sure that you follow the Honey Bear Straw drinking techniques….see under categories for more information.