Q: Can you please tell me how to use (oral exercises) ARK’s Animal Tips for jaw grading and stability? Also, where are the bite blocks? Please explain the different levels of thickness on the tips. I am working with a 20-month-old with limited sounds including vowels and consonants and low tone.
A: Dear therapist,
I am glad you emailed me with such a great question. The Animal Tips have bite blocks on their reverse sides to work on jaw grading and stability. They are of three distinct thicknesses to increase the level of difficulty as the individual progresses. The Dog Tip has the thickest block; the Mouse Tip a thinner block; and the Cat Tip the thinnest. They also come in two different resiliencies (soft and hard) to accommodate various sensory preferences.