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Guest Post: And Now a Word About Cup Drinking

In today’s guest post,  Natalie Romanchukevich discusses the importance of cup drinking. So without further ado here is what she has to say on this subject.

As I do my home- based evaluation or treatment visits, I often notice that many of my 2 and3 year olds still drink out of a bottle, when developmentally, they should be using cups and straws to drink.

While some parents do not want to engage in the process of weaning their child off the much beloved liquids container, others do not realize the importance of introducing a more “mature” way of drinking. Continue reading Guest Post: And Now a Word About Cup Drinking

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To Speech Buddy or Not to Speech Buddy: That is the Question?

A few weeks ago I received my new gleaming set of Speech Buddies for the purposes of review.  So today I’ll be describing my experiences using speech buddies in speech therapy with several clients. My client’s ages were 3.5, 4.5, 8, and 9. Prior to initiating the use of the speech buddies I have posed a number of questions for myself including:

  1. Does the use of a particular speech buddy really shorten the time needed to attain sound mastery? (Since on their intro page a chart shows them to be twice as faster in eliciting correct sound production)
  2. How does the use of a speech buddy compare with the use of a “traditional” oral placement implements (e.g., bite block, tongue depressor, cotton tip applicator, etc)
  3. Do the speech buddies justify their cost? Continue reading To Speech Buddy or Not to Speech Buddy: That is the Question?