How to teach straw #2 in the straw drinking hierarchy

How to teach straw #2 in the straw drinking hierarchy:

The information below was obtained from Talk Tools.  I took their one hour seminar class.




I have written about using the straws for children presenting with Down Syndrome or low muscle tone in order to improve lip rounding and lingual retraction for feeding purposes not speech production.  Starting off with the Honey Bear first…and then moving to the straw kit offered through talk tools.

First I wanted to say that the second straw is narrower in diameter, longer and is more complex.  These three factors make drawing the liquid from the straw more difficult.  The increased difficulty level of the straw…the fact that it is actually harder to draw the liquid…..makes the tongue retract more…yeah!!! That is what we want.

So remember to put the lip block at the 1/4 inch level…and place a small rubber band UNDER the lip block to secure it in place.  Ideal to drink ALL thin liquids from this straw.

When to transition to number 3? When drinking from straw number 2 is done with ease.









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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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One Response to How to teach straw #2 in the straw drinking hierarchy

  1. Kim says:

    Jen the lip block should sit 1/4 inch down from the top of straw. Does that make sense?

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