Happy Halloween internet friends (or I guess it is officially the day after). I have had many requests for more information about how I treat tongue thrust. Unfortunately it has taken me a while to get some of this information posted. I have been pretty busy the last little while working on costumes, decorations, Halloween crafts and treats. I had so much fun this Halloween with my kiddos. They sure kept me busy. Don’t they make the cutest Superheros…
Couldn’t you just eat them up??? Maybe I am biased – but they sure are cute. And here is one of the whole Super Family…
I just love them. I hope your Halloween was as much fun as ours. We had a great time.
Anyway… getting back to business. As I began putting together my tips for treating tongue thrust I realized that I better provide some type of tool to diagnose (at least informally) tongue thrust first. It doesn’t really matter if you know how to treat tongue thrust if you don’t know who actually has it and who doesn’t. So, I am providing you with a Tongue Thrust Checklist. This is an informal tool you can use to help you diagnose tongue thrust.
The first page provides you with the directions for completing the checklist. You really only need to print one copy of these directions to save for your information. Pages 2 and 3 need to be printed out and filled out for each student you are assessing.
It was my hope to provide you with a concise form on which you could document all of your finding regarding tongue thrust and make informed treatment and diagnostic decisions.
Like always, please let me know if you have any questions. And be sure to follow my blog so that you don’t miss future posts containing my “tips and tricks” for treating tongue thrust.
This is fantastic! Thank you so much for sharing. I’m anxiously awaiting your tips for treating it as I have two clients whom I think will benefit tremendously!
is your app available yet? I can’t seem to open the 5 free weeks. Anyone else having a problem?
It is so close. Just working on the last few bugs so hopefully it will be available soon. I will check on the 5 free weeks and see what the problem is.
I am so glad I found your page! Thank you for sharing your knowledge. I have a daughter who is nearly six years old and she is tongue thrusting. It has not really affected her speech that much, the main issue is her swallowing. I am an SLT myself, in Sweden, but I can not recall getting any tips on how to work with this, and I can not find much about at all in Swedish literature. And what I have found so far is rathef sad stories about have difficult it is to change the pattern, meanwhile the dentist tells us that we have to do something… So your page gave me hope!! Is it possible to take part of your practice programme somehow? I read a comment about an app? Kind regards.
Yes! You can try my program at http://www.BustTheThrust.com. Good luck.
I have a question! Would nursing into toddler years be the cause of tongue thrust/open bite that causes articulation problems?
Probably not – unless the child was nursed for a prolonged amount of time – 3 years old or later.
Yes the child is 3 & still nursing.
I am not sure – but I wouldn’t recommend it. My recommendation is usually to reduce any suckle.. type movement by age 2.
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