Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Speech Therapy 101- Our first therapy session

After years of struggling with speech, going thru the public school systems program without any success and praying the issues would just resolve on their own, we finally bit the bullet and hired a highly qualified therapist.

My son struggles with articulation, fluency and some mild stuttering.  

Since I hate to waste money, I will be sharing everything we learn at therapy with everyone in cyber-space, hoping to help other moms and children out there.  

After the evaluation we were told my son has weak lips and tongue....I never would have come up with that myself, but after hearing that it totally made sense.  So the therapist gave us some Oral-Motor Exercises to do at home this week.

1.  First,  get a mirror and open your mouth as wide as possible and close it, making sure there is symmetry in the shape of the mouth.  She told us to do this 5X ( I call this one the Home Alone Face)

2.  Second, smile a big smile, again look in the mirror so that if the child's mouth is not symmetrical so he can adjust it.  (Smile big because we are about to kick some robbers out of our house)

3.  Third, pucker the lips like giving a kiss to a frog. 5X (Those robbers can kiss my tush)


5.  Here is an extra one that she mentioned 


6.  Tongue depressor taps- tap the tip of the tongue against a tongue depressor (I told my son to pretend he is a frog catching a fly, quick and precise)

7.  Tongue depressor with resistance.....Push tongue out of mouth with tongue depressor against lips .  (I told my son to pretend he was tied up by the robbers and the only way to escape is to push the tongue depressor away from his lips)

She also wants my son to drink from straws and make sure his lips form a even seal, I think the larger straws are better.  


  1. My son did well in PS speech therapy, but I love seeing all these listed.
    Thank u 4 sharing !

  2. Wow! I just found your blog and added you to my reader. I could have written this post. My son was just diagnosed with articulation, fluency, and mild stuttering(difluent). We just started therapy.

    Thank you!

    1. Please let me know any exercise your therapist suggests ours is really, REALLY expensive I am embarrassed to tell how much, but I think she is one of the best in her field.

  3. Another friend's therapist had her son catch a stuffed animal while calling out something, so he'd learn to move & talk at same time.

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