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  1. Hello, I’m a speech pathologist from TX as I was wondering if I have to be trained/certified to use the Z-Vibe? Also, is this product recognized as a therpautic tool from ASHA? Lastly, where can I find the research data to support this product? Thank You, ANA

    • Dear Ana,

      Thank you for your question. First off, there is no certification necessary for the Z-Vibe. Any speech-language therapist trained in oral motor therapy can use the device, as well as caregivers trained in its use by said SLPs. Although ARK has done its own case studies using the Z-Vibe, there is no research data specifically for the Z-Vibe. There is, however, an extensive amount of research supporting oral motor therapy, and the purpose of the Z-Vibe is to augment any oral motor treatment plan.

      Most people are either auditory or visual learners. When these two senses aren’t enough, however, we must look to other options, such as the sense of touch. SLPs have been trained to use tactile input to teach individuals how to lateralize their tongue, elevate their tongue tip, make a tongue bowl, close their lips, learn a rotary chew, position the articulators for sound production, and much more. The Z-Vibe is a tool to help therapists work on these skills in and around the mouth. It can be used in the off position without vibration, or it can be turned on for additional sensory input with its gentle, smooth vibration. It has been on the market for over 10 years now, and countless therapists and caregivers have reported success with it in speech and feeding therapy, a few of which are on our Testimonials page.

      If you are unsure as to whether or not the Z-Vibe is right for you and your patients, I recommend reading reviews of the Z-Vibe and DnZ-Vibe both on our website and online at large. If you have concerns about a specific case(s), please feel free to let us know and we will help you assess the situation.

      For more information on how to use the Z-Vibe, we have an instructional guide called Tips & Techniques for the Z-Vibe, of which a second installment is on its way. I also recommend courses on oral motor therapy, feeding therapy, the mouthing stage of normal speech development, sensory processing/sensory integration disorders, etc. Char Boshart, Pam Marshalla, Sara Rosenfeld-Johnson, Debra Beckman, and Diane Bahr have excellent material (books and/or workshops) on these topics.

      I hope this helps! Let me know if I can be of further assistance.

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