Sunday, November 20, 2011

a little blue rice with your oral motor workout?






Just one of the mile long list of labels that make up the Trevy Medical Portfolio.


In mommy lingo, it means that Trevy’s tongue muscles are weak.  And because they’re weak, we need to engage him in activities that force him to use them.  Using them makes them stronger.  And the stronger his little tongue becomes…the more his articulation will improve.  And I needs me some better articulation because sometimes I just can’t crack the Trevy code.  Also…he’ll be a better kisser! Winking smile



So I came up with this…


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I used an old wooden puzzle tray that wasn’t being used.  I knew I wanted him to blow through a straw.  I knew because Miss. Speech Therapy told me so.  But just blowing can be boring.


So to spice it up…


I hid pictures under died rice (which btw is a super easy DIY project).

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Throw in a funky straw…

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and huff, puff and blow the picture out!

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But not without your fireman’s hat, of course.


Oh…and lots of slobber.  Lotsa Lotsa slobber.  Ew…I know.  But slobber means it’s working!

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It held his attention for a handful of minutes any way.  He’s gonna be a killer kisser in no-time!




  1. He's super cute, Danielle! Great idea! We use straws sometimes when Sam gets in one of his proprioceptive chewing phases. (It saves on him chewing through the collars of his shirts.) Never tried this though! I'll add it to my list!

  2. We save the shirts with the binky. But I seriously gotta work on getting rid of it. It's just the more I take it away...the more chewing needs he has. A vicious cycle!


  3. He'll appreciate this when it comes time to be kissing. ;) I think it's quite clever.

  4. Thanks for sharing. Looks really interesting.

  5. Thanks, ladies. Now if I can convince him that it's fun two times in a row I'll be golden! :P


  6. Awesome idea! I love your creativity in finding a fun way to work on a specific skill! Thanks so much for linking up with Montessori Monday. I featured your post at the Living Montessori Now Facebook page:

  7. Thanks, Deb! I always feel special when you feature me! :)


  8. I always enjoy your creative trays and activities, Danielle! I featured your blog, post, and photo of your tray in my Montessori-Inspired Special Needs Support post at