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.
By 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”.
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).
We’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: