How to make your own Honey Bear Straw Cup

 

 

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.

Have fun!

Kim

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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