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ORAL MOTOR EXERCISES FOR THE /R/

ongue Tip Elevation

  • The Spoonful: Lick cake gel, icing, or peanut butter off of a spoon or tongue depressor. Make sure tongue goes straight out moving the tongue tip upward without moving the head or jaw. 2x daily.

  • The Disappearing Act: Lick squeeze cheese or peanut butter off of the roof of your mouth with the tip of your tongue. 2x daily.

  • The Big Squeeze: Have the child squeeze a cake sprinkle on the alveolar ridge (part of the mouth right behind the teeth, the bumpy part) while you count to 10. Repeat 5 times.

Tongue Retraction


  • Use a straw (long thin and curvy ones) to drink with. Whenever possible.

  • Use a straw (long thin and curvy ones) to suck applesauce, yogurt, smoothies or pudding through them. A thick milkshake will work also. Don’t bite the straw or flatten the straw when sucking things through it. 3x’s week.

  • One Man Band: Blow a horn at least 25 times. Remember don’t bite the horn with your teeth. Keep your lips round, your tongue back, and your jaw still. Remove the horn after every 5 blows so the child can reposition the lips, tongue and jaw.

  • The Straight Tongue: Look in a mirror, stick tongue straight out and pull it all the way back in the mouth with the back of the tongue being elevated. Repeat 10x’s.

  • Tongue Sit-ups: Hold a straw across the front molars and lift the back of the tongue without touching the straw. Repeat 10x’s.

Tongue Bowl


  • Hold It: Cup the tongue and hold for 10 seconds. Repeat 10x’s

  • Tongue Massage: Stroke from the tip of the tongue to the center of tongue with a small round sucker. This should cause the tip of the tongue to automatically go up. Repeat 10x’s

  • Down, Down, Down: Press down on the sides of the tongue with a small round sucker while the child pushes up against the sucker. Repeat 10x’s.

  • Tongue Tickles: Stroke the lateral sides of the tongue with a small round sucker. Repeat 10x’s.

  • No Spills Please: Take a small sip of liquid and hold the liquid on the tongue while you count to 10. Make sure the outer parts of the tongue seal up against the palate or the liquid will spill out the teeth. Repeat 10x’s.



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