New Tongue Thrust Printables

Tongue Thrust TherapyPlease stop by my store at Teachers Pay Teachers.  I’ve published some useful materials for working with students who tongue thrust.

Tongue Thrust Exercises and Activities

Tongue Thrust Words and Sentences

Paper Suck Tic Tac Toe

What is tongue thrust and why is it important to correct?  A heavy force such as chewing only occupies a small amount of time each day.  Contrast that with swallowing at every meal, as well as the regular swallowing of saliva.  Swallowing happens hundreds of times each day and night.

For some, the tongue is not positioned correctly for the hundreds of times each day and night that swallowing occurs.  Instead of lifting up against the roof of the mouth as it should, the tongue stays low and “thrusts” forward, and often through the teeth. Others rest their tongue in a more forward position than expected.  This constant force is tongue thrust, and creates a space between the teeth that impacts the normal development of the teeth, tongue, lips, jaw and face.  It often impacts clear and understandable speech.  All babies use tongue thrust as a safety mechanism when eating.  But children are expected to grow out of this by age 5 – 7.

Use the search above to look for tongue thrust, also called myofunctional disorders.

 

 

NEW! FREE PRINTABLES Page

FreeSpeechTherapyPrintablesBe sure to click on the NEW! FREE PRINTABLES page up above (in the menu at the top of this page)!

I’ve linked my printables in one place for easy use!

It contains a partial list and I’ll add more printables soon, so check back often!

Thanks!  Paula

Prepositions For Early Learners

Prepositions for Early LearnersBy age 3 children should be using early prepositions.  Most children understand and use “in”, “on” and “under” at 3.  By 4 children should know more prepositions, usually “over”, “in front of” and “in back of” or “behind”.

Here’s a free printable for beginning propositions.

Sometimes I’ll use playdoh to teach prepositions.  I roll a  ball of playdoh and use the playdoh “can”.  I place the ball in different places around the can and ask my student “Where is the playdoh?” If they need a model I tell them, “ON the can”, “IN the can” or “UNDER” the can”, etc.  They they get a chance to place the playdoh.  I tell them “Put the Playdoh IN.”  or “Put the Playdoh ON”.

Early prepositions include in, on, under, over, next to, in back of, in front of or behind, and between (the two cans).

Action Word Sentences

building_sentences_action_wordsAction Word Sentences are a great starting point for little ones who need language therapy. Action words are one of the first things we teach.

walking

eating

running

sleeping

building

Here’s a printable for simple sentences.  I used “she” because the little one I was working with was using “he” for everyone, even girls and ladies.

For simpler sentences use just the action word – “eating”

For advanced sentences use pronoun + is + action word + object – “She is eating cereal.”

Building Sentences in Speech Therapy

Building SentencesWe’ve worked on “He Verb+ing”. Pronouns and actions words are a great starting point with little ones who need language therapy.

We’ve moved on to “He Is Verbing”. Adding the form “to be”.

Now we’ve graduated to “He Is Verbing  Object”. I wanted pictures with non-countable objects to make our sentence 4 parts (without the article a or an), And put together these sentences (and more) into a practice worksheet with pictures:

  • She is eating cereal.
  • She is blowing bubbles.
  • She is cutting hair.
  • He is playing guitar.
  • He is building blocks.
  • He is raking leaves.

See my free printable to He Is Verb+ing Object here.