Speech therapy correction for children is a system of special exercises and types of massage developing correct operation of the speech organs.
DOES YOUR CHILD NEED IT?
It is prescribed to the children with dysartria, motor alalia, and speech development delay.
WHAT PROBLEM DOES IT SOLVE?
Many children with speech problems have impairment of brainstem blood supply and of innervation of speech apparatus muscles. As a result, a person is not able to control the work of these muscles.
In such cases, the speech therapy massage should precede sound teaching.
Gradually, from the massage, the speech therapist goes to articulatory gymnastics, when the patient himself performs exercises that strengthen the muscles of the tongue, lips, cheeks, soft palate.
Sometimes teaching of sounds can be performed right during a massage or articulatory gymnastics.
For the restoration of the chewing mechanism which is very often disrupted in children with motor disorders specialists of “Neurological clinic of Dr. Yatsenko” use Chewy tubes system. This is a highly effective patented system, proposed by Speech Pathology Associates (USA) under the new program of speech rehabilitation. It allows training chewing muscles of the child, helping to learn the process of self-performed chewing.
“Neurological Clinic of Dr. Yatsenko” was the first in Ukraine to use speech therapy vibrating oral motor tool Z-Vibe (USA) in the process of speech therapy correction, which, according to the recognition of speech therapists, is the best equipment in the world for carrying out speech therapy massage and preparing articulatory muscles of the oral cavity for sessions with speech therapist.
“Neurological clinic of Dr. Yatsenko” is the only clinic in Ukraine that uses the Chewy tubes system to restore the chewing mechanism in the children’s neurological rehabilitation.
HOW DOES IT HAPPEN?
The principle of Z-Vibe operation is the effect of high frequency vibrations on the muscles of the articulatory apparatus. These vibrations result in relaxation or increasing of the muscular tone (depending on the tip attachments used) of the articulatory muscles.
Chewy tubes are latex-free tubes of four sizes, which the speech therapist sets at certain sites of the jaw apparatus. Performing chewing tractions (under the guidance of a speech therapist) allows sending a sensitive flow of information to the brain centers regulating the act of chewing. Thanks to the feedback effect, the brain starts sending “right” commands to the chewing muscles, which leads to the restoration self-performed chewing.
WHAT ARE THE RESULTS OF THE SESSIONS WITH SPEECH THERAPIST?
Z-Vibe vibrating oral motor tool with correctly and regularly conducted speech therapy massage allows to reduce time spent for speech correction of the child at least in 3-5 times in comparison with traditional massage probes.
Chewy tubes is the only device that allows the child to restore the process of self-performed chewing.
In our practice even a 10-year-old kid, suffering from cerebral palsy, after the course of correction with Chewy tubes, could develop a self-performed chewing.
HOW MUCH TIME DOES IT TAKE?
Regular sessions are required 3-5 times a week.
Children from 2 years old can take this therapy.