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Vibration and Stimulation

In orofacial myofunctional therapy, it is often not enough to instruct movement sequences. Feeling, relaxing and toning structures is an essential part of this. With various vibration tools and the many different attachments, you can pursue different goals. For example the Jiggler with different motifs is especially interesting for young children.

Vibration and stimulation 

When I finished my training as a speech therapist, I thought that orofacial stimulation was only for dysphagia patients. So I was always very cautious with children or other disorders and often simply omitted facial stimulation. 
But now, with a lot of experience and training on the subject of orofacial myofunctional disorders, I can say that stimulation is an
essential part of speech therapy

Why is stimulation important in speech therapy? 

Regardless of the disorder, the perception of the structures being treated is absolutely essential. Preparing the musculature for an impending change is important for tone regulation, sensory function, proprioception and stimulation.
Massaging or stimulating the muscles promotes blood circulation and supports the elastic properties of the connective tissue. Here at you will find various tools to achieve precisely these goals. 
The Z-Vibe® with various attachments for targeted stimulation also offers the function of vibration. This allows the patient to choose whether the additional input of vibration is too much or perhaps just right. 
An overview and instructions on the various attachments from ARK Therapeutic can be found here

Another download is here: "Why Vibration"

Vibration for children

Children also benefit from the additional input of vibration. Not every child likes this additional stimulus, so we recommend involving the child in the decision. If the child is unsure whether it likes/tolerates vibration, it can first be tested on arms, hands, legs or feet to get used to this sensory input before using vibration on the face. The Jiggler from Talk Tools with an appealing design for children also offers various application possibilities. Vibration can also be useful in speech and language development.

Vibration in speech therapy

Speech is a highly complex process in which the muscles must be able to work extremely precisely, quickly and, above all, over a long period of time. The coordination of lips, tongue, cheeks and jaw is essential for speech to be easily understandable and physiological.