Fun and Functional Therapy
GUM! I can not say enough good things about learning to chew gum. Chewing gum is calming and organizing. Gum chewing strengthens jaw muscles to assist the use of jaw height, lips, and tongue for articulation sounds and safer feeding skills. Holding gum in the mouth by pocketing in the cheek, assists the tongue "anchor" for more fluid articulation. Chewing gum provides rhythm that assists on-task behavior. Did you know that gum can be written into your child's IEP or behavior plan as assistive technology? Pretty Cool!
Lauren Norwood M.Ed. CCC-SLP Certified Speech Language Pathologist American Hippotherapy Association Level 1
Lauren B. Norwood