Today I am here to review and share how I used some products from ARK Therapeutic! They provided me with a couple of tools to try out with my students. I am excited to share what happened with you all. No other compensation was provided for this review.
y-chews are a great tool for kids who need something to chew on for sensory input. This year I don’t have any students needing to chew on something, so I had these tucked away for when I would need them.
I do have a few students on my caseload that have distorted /r/’s and are not stimuable for a correct production in different words, so I decided to use the y-chew as a tool to help show the students the correct placement for where their tongue should go for the /r/ sound. The y-chew has a bumpy edging that I thought would be a good tool to help the kids feel where the tongue needs to touch the back molars. You could also use the y-chew to help elevate the tongue for /r/ or to help keep the tongue down for /k/. I brushed the inside of the back molars and then brushed the sides of the tongue with the y-chew. Then, I had the student try to get their tongue in the correct placement for /r/. It took a few times and magically, I got an /r/! I was super excited because I was dreading months of oral strengthening exercises and placement cues. This was a great tool to use with this student. I am not sure if it would work for all students, but it is worth a try! This chew tool is also great for working on jaw stabilization for certain speech sounds, practice biting and chewing skills and/or for improving mouth muscle strength.
I also go the z-vibe with a helpful book to give strategies on how to use. I decided to try the z-vibe with another /r/ student. Those darn /r/’s can just frustrate an SLP!! The cool thing about the z-vibe is that when you turn it, the device turns on and starts to vibrate. This is a great tool for giving sensory information about where to place your tongue for the /r/. Prior to using the z-vibe, I was using tongue depressors, dental floss, placement cues with visuals, and trying to find a context in which the student could say the /r/. This kid wasn’t successful, but he TRIED his very best! I was able to show him where his tongue should be placed with the z-vibe and again I was able to get an accurate /r/ after using the tool. It took a couple of sessions, but we made it! These tools have been pretty helpful for me when I have a student that is not stimuable for /r/ in any places. Of course every child and oral mechanisms are different, so this may not always be the best tool for facilitating correct speech sounds, but it is worth having in your tool bag!
Here are some videos of the tools in motion!
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