Sounds pretty racy, no? Actually these are the new gadgets Anthony's speech therapist recommended at his appointment yesterday, along with this vibrating teether:
Anthony LOVES this thing. I had gotten it for him last year, and he wasn't too interested in it. But when we dug it out yesterday he couldn't get enough of it.
That feels good!
Along with the teether, Juli also recommended a Z-vibe:
These things called "Jigglers" that vibrate when you bite on them:
And these Chewy Tubes. Not surprisingly, you chew on these.
So why all this paraphernalia? These things are supposed to help to compensate for low muscle tone in the mouth and lips. If Anthony is more aware of the muscles around his mouth and face, we can promote better control as he is learning to make sounds and words, and hence better articulation. We want to help him to be able to articulate clearly so he can be understood when he speaks. We are also supposed to give him little massages and taps around his mouth and cheeks. Luckily, Anthony loves to put stuff in his mouth and chew on things, and he thinks the faces massages are fun. I found everything on Amazon, for a little cheaper than in the catalog that Juli gave us.