What products can you use to improve the speech and communication skills of a special needs child?
Speech and communication can be quite a problem for children with special needs. Hence the speech therapists suggest that the muscle strength of the speech organs of the children should be improved before they can communicate properly. In order to improve their oral motor skills the child would need some oral motor aids, which will facilitate them to speak and communicate with regular usage. There are a lot of oral motor aids available which encourage kids suffering from autism, ASHA, stuttering and so on and so forth to start communicating. Here is a list of speech and communication aids that can help you to improve your speech-
- ARK’s textured grabber- This textured grabber is the best thing that can promote oral stimulation. A textured grabber has 3 different kinds of surfaces that are meant to provide the maximum stimulation. Chewing on these grabbers help in the jaw movement, muscle strengthening and tongue movement. It is latex free and hence it does not pose any threat for your child’s health. The textured grabber has a nicely textured handle, which is easy to grip for toddlers as well as for the special needs kids. They are available in a lot of fun colours. If your special needs kid is prone to biting then choose the variety, which is bite resistant.
- ARK’s Plastic Z vibe- A Z-vibe has a textured handle and a probe tip at one end. With the help of the probe tips, you can stimulate the tongue and the moth with the vibrations. Due to the textured handle, the Z vibe can also be used in a variety of ways. The other end of the Z vibe has a switch, which can be turned on in order to start the vibrations. The Z vibe has many small internal components and hence it should not be kept in the mouth while changing the batteries.
- ARK’s tri chew XT- This Tri chew XT is an excellent option for providing maximum stimulation to the gums, lips and tongue. This is one of the most useful oral motor aids, which help to improve the speech and communication skills of the special needs kids. The three different surfaces of the Tri chew have different kinds of simulations which helps the children to develop sensations in their gums and tongue. Tri chew is available in a lot of colours and is latex free. The wide structure of the tri chew prevents the children from gagging.
- ARK’s Y chew XT- The Y chew XT is made in such a way that it helps to promote the movement of the jaw and the lips. The Y shape of the Oral aid helps to reach even the molar area and stimulate it. The textured surface provides maple amount of stimulation to the tongue and the gums. It helps to improve the speech skills over a period of time. It is also apt for special kids who have sensitivities to texture.