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Grabbers and chewy tubes
Teethers are an invaluable help in speech therapy, which is not realized by both parents and speech therapists.
Their action has several goals, the most important are:
- development of mandible strength and stability;
- exploring the oral cavity, developing a sense of the arrangement of the organs of speech;
- rear tongue setting;
- developing the side movements of the tongue in toddlers (so-called lateralization) for the later ability to easily "process" the billet;
- ensuring that the biting and chewing needs of some patients can be easily met; - facilitating the transition from liquid to solid food;
- oral sensory development.
WHO THEY SERVE
The entire group of Patients is the beneficiaries of chewy tools, as evidenced by the growing market for the sale of these tools! Let's start with children with Down's syndrome and MPD - they not only need but should bite and chew. If only to develop the strength of the lower jaw for the subsequent stable work of the tongue and dissociation of the tongue in relation to the lower jaw. Then we have kids with lateral lisp associated with, for example, abnormal tension; the rehabilitator from the center "led out" - there are no abnormalities in the shoulder girdle, the child moves its limbs symmetrically, it also places the head in relation to the body, but the mandible is at the end of this system and often only when the toddler starts talking, it turns out that something else is wrong ... A Patients with quadriplegia? After all, language is for them the same form of getting to know the world as in young children. A Patient in need of post-accident or post-traumatic rehabilitation in the area of the neck and head? What is the easiest way to develop jaw strength with them?
The most common teether in our country was probably a carrot or a bread crust - both tasty and healthy, unfortunately, they ate quickly. Meanwhile, the need remained. Hence, rehabilitation equipment manufacturers have some simple ideas:
1. GRABBERS - entirely cast from elastomer with different flexibility, such as those proposed by ARK and Sara Beckman, with handles and in the form of a triangle or the letter Y, with variants for small children (BABY), where the handle is not too long so that the child does not irritate the mouth too deeply, they are smooth or structured, taste;
2. TUBES (CHEWY TUBES) - similarly popular as grabbers in the USA, they have an empty space inside, hence a bite causes a special sound; several models, including for autistic children, for adults - harder, and several sizes;
3. CATHETERS or SILICONE HOSES, sold by the meter (German school);
4. PERSONAL CHAMBERS - usually a piece of such a hose, welded on one side, which we attach with a carabiner to the child's clothes, in such a way that it has easy access when it has a desire or need related to chewing or chewing;
5. CHEWELRY in the form of necklaces or bracelets - in various shapes; they are getting prettier, they have different incarnations, e.g. imitations of precious stones, turtles or frogs; the ARK company has a quite large offer, we can find spiders, diamonds, dinosaurs, tubes, suns
6. CHEWY TOPPERS for writing utensils, i.e. stop the destruction of crayons and pencils, often they are flavored teethers.
7. VIBRATING TEETHERS - this is an offer from manufacturers such as INFANTINO, where vibrations are triggered when you bite the teether. We encourage you to familiarize yourself with the offer in the tab: CHEWY