ARK's Cip-Kup allows individuals to learn or re-learn straw drinking with less effort. It also makes drinking easier for individuals with difficulties generating and maintaining suction - simply squeeze the liquid to the desired height and release. The valve will allow fluid to remain in the straw without flowing back into the cup, thereby reducing the air ingested and the effort required to drink (notice the juice staying at the top of the straw in one of the pictures above). The valve also slows the flow of fluid, which allows for more control over the quantity of fluid taken with each sip and helps to ensure that fluid is deposited in the front of the mouth. Users experience less coughing and choking while drinking with the Cip-Kup and tend to consume more fluid. It can also make the move from bottle-feeding to cup drinking an easier transition. When purchased, the valve opening is set for moderate restriction for users who tend to aspirate when taking too much fluid in one swallow. The valve can also be trimmed to increase the flow, further decreasing the effort required to drink. Use a Lip Blok to discourage biting on the straw or inserting the straw too far into the mouth. It is not recommended that the Cip-Kup be used with carbonated beverages. ARK's Cip-Kup is made of medical grade materials that are FDA compliant and contain no lead, phthalates, PVC, BPA, or latex. All parts are dishwasher-safe and available separately.
MADE in the USA ensures that all plastics and colors are compliant with the FDA.