Wednesday, February 10, 2010
One of the things I really like about reading my friend's blogs is that I often pick up some really great play-time and therapy ideas. James and I really love the staff that work with Nate. Our coordinator... Patty O. (who works at ASPIRO), has assembled an awesome team for us, and she obviously loves the work she does. Awhile ago, our speech therapist Tasha recommended that we get sticks of licorice and leave them out for a few days to harden. The thought here is that Nate will chew on the sticks using the back of his jaw to help strengthen the muscles there. Nate needs these muscles to be strong for a few reasons; it will be very important for his speech and forming words properly. It will assist in helping him keep his tongue in his mouth. It will mean better clarity in his words when he speaks them. We tried it, and unfortunately, Nate didn't take to it. He didn't like the flavor I guess. Tasha mentioned it again last week, so I thought I would check to see if there were any other kinds besides the red and (egads!) black flavors. Looks like lemon is the winner here! Hurray he loves the fruit flavored ones! It works like a charm....and although it took me a little bit to get used to giving him candy (that felt weird!) Nate is doing exactly what he is supposed to be doing.....chewing hard on the sticks using the back of his jaw. Of course we watch him carefully....and he really is a good eater and chewer anyway...but if you decide to try this little therapy trick, watch your child carefully at first to make sure any candy chewed off is not too big of a chunk for them to safely eat. So...just wanted to pass it along to any of you who might be looking for a little fun in therapy! I've appreciated you sharing your ideas and thoughts from your therapist too.... blogging about it is like having lots and lots of great therapists! I bought these licorice sticks at my local grocery....thanks Tasha for this great idea!
Posted by Jill Kocian