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Oral Motor Exercises

Oral Motor exercises are designed to increase the strength, coordination, and range of motion of the muscles we use for feeding and speaking. But how? Oral motor exercises strengthen the muscles of the lips, tongue, and jaw through mass practice. Super Duper Publications provided a great list of at home oral motor exercises.



ο Open and close your mouth _______ times.
ο Pucker your lips as if your were going to give someone a kiss _______ times. ο Smile, then relax your lips and cheeks _______times.
ο Press your lips tightly together, then open them with a smack _______ times. ο Puff your cheeks with air while keeping your lips closed tightly _______ times.


ο Stick your tongue out as far as you can _______ times.
ο Move your tongue to the left side of your mouth then to the right side of your mouth _______ times.

ο Try to touch your chin with your tongue without moving your head _______ times.

ο Try to touch your nose with your tongue without moving your head _______ times. ο Push the inside of your cheek with your tongue on the right side and then on the left side _______times.

ο Place your tongue behind your front teeth and say “la” _______ times. ο Lick your lips _______ times.


ο Open your jaw as wide as you can _______ times.
ο Move your jaw from side-to-side slowly _______ times, then quickly _______ times.

ο Move your jaw up and down slowly _______ times, then quickly _______ times.


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