Cheek stretch exercise for children with Down Syndrome

Thank you to my friend Latricia on FB for commenting on the cheek stretch pre-feeding exercise.  I realized following her comment that I actually never posted this under the pre-feeding exercises.  So please read below…


Cheek Stretch:

What you will need:

Either the Zvibe/yellow preefer head (please note when you click on this link…you will see the yellow preefer will stil need to purchase the handle for it)….okay you can use either the Zvibe or an iced toothette.  Or with a baby you can use a gloved hand.

What you will do:

Present the tool in the cheek near the upper lateral molar ridge

Make a “c” inside the cheek by rolling the tool from top to bottom (starting by the upper gums and rolling down toward the lower gums).

Five times on the left side and five times on the right


Finally, a thank you again to and to the amazing Lori Overland!



***if I have not stated before…I do not work for talk tools…and do not receive any compensation for recommending them or their products.

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 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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