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Oral Sensitivities and Low Tone in Children with Down Syndrome

  “I have a 12 day old infant with diagnosed Down Syndrome. She has moderate tongue protrusion. A friend suggested your products.  I was wondering which ones you recommend and any suggestions you might have?  Thank you for your help … Continue reading

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Not Chewing Soft Foods?

  My 2.5 year old daughter has down syndrome. She has had feeding issues since birth and we are trying to work with her on chewing.  She will bite and chew crackers and other hard foods, but will swallow soft … Continue reading

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Tips for Toothbrushing with Oral Defensiveness

  Oral defensiveness falls into two main categories: HYPOsensitivity and HYPERsensitivity.  Individuals with hyposensitivities have low oral tone and very little awareness of what’s going on inside their mouths.  This “oral numbness” so to speak can cause anxiety and fear … Continue reading

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Mealtime Sensory Strategies to Help Decrease Texture Aversion and Hypersensitive Gag

  Before mealtime: •  Play with sensory-stimulating toys, such as koosh balls, peanut balls, bubbles, play-doh, massagers, any toys/books with interesting textures, etc. •  Give the child sensory input through physical sensory-stimulating activities, such as bouncing on a ball, jumping, … Continue reading

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Gum Massage for Oral Stimulation

  Gum massage is a simple yet effective way to provide oral stimulation to a large surface area within the mouth.  This tactile input can: •  decrease oral aversions for hypersensitive individuals •  increase oral awareness for hyposensitive individuals • … Continue reading

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Tips to Accepting Different Food Textures

  1.  Change the individual’s toothpaste.  It can be a change in flavor or a change in brand.  A different brand may have a different texture, one that is perhaps a little more gritty.  Also, changing the toothbrush to one … Continue reading

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Oral Defensiveness & Aversions with Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD)

  Oral defensiveness falls into two main categories: HYPOsensitivity and HYPERsensitivity: •  Individuals with hyposensitivities have low oral tone and very little awareness of what’s going on inside their mouths.  This “oral numbness” so to speak can cause significant speech … Continue reading

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