Saturday, January 8, 2011

feeding exercise

Provide firm input to the root of the tongue- try this on yourself first- place your thumb under your chin about -1 inch behind your jaw bone- if you quickly and firmly move your thumb directly up and down you should feel your tongue moving up and down in your mouth- this increases muscle tone in the tongue and should increase voluntary control over gagging- do this for 1-2 minutes about 4-5 times daily- if you are doing it correctly you will hear your child tongue moving - if a child is vocalizing "ah" while you're doing it they will make cute gurgling sound.

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