Oral Motor Activities and Resources

Oral-Motor Activities and Exercises

Oral-motor activities and exercises can be selectively used to address weak articulatory muscles (the muscles in the mouth and face necessary for speech). Exercises may be appropriate for increasing strength and coordination; however, this component of therapy is not appropriate for children who do not demonstrate weakness.. Possible benefits of Oral-Motor exercises for children demonstrating weak oral musculature may include: better speech production (due to decreased excessive saliva) and increased feeding/swallowing skills.  Oral-Motor exercises are not appropriate for every child or every situation.

Some Fun Activities for Home:
Blowing Bubbles: use a variety of wands
Blowing Puffs of cotton or paper-balls across a table, with or without a straw
Using various straws (curly, regular, thin, wide, etc) for liquids instead of a cup or sippy cup
Chewy foods: gummy worms, licorice, gummy savers, swedish fish, etc.
Horns (party horns), whistles, flutes, and other fun 'tools'

Addtional Resources:

TalkTools Products

PediaStaff on Pinterest  (Ideas for Oral-Motor)

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