Oral Motor Exercises by an Occupational Therapist

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HI, If you would like to learn more about Typical and Atypical development I created a course from 0-6 months old. Many of you asked me for advices for children with different difficulties in oral motor areas. Breathing control and Sucking skills are one of the most important pre- linguistic skills.

For children non verbal-I always suggest to use imitation, and copying as a best example of what to do. If your child do not imitate or has visual difficulties or attention problems, just do the exercises on him or her. Oral motor therapy works on the oral skills necessary for proper speech and feeding development.

These skills include awareness, strength, coordination, movement, and endurance of the lips, cheeks, tongue, and jaw. The activities will help your child to develop them easier. Incorporate them into your daily routine whenever you have time. The more you practice better the child becomes at imitation and agile at it.

These movements/exercises are recommended for children 2 years old. Practice them on the way to school/work, during commercials, while you’re making dinner, etc. Make it a game and have fun!

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