Tag: Lips

Lip Trainer

By Pam Marshalla

Q: Do you know anything about the Lip Trainer? Do you think it has any uses in articulation therapy? I have not used a Lip Trainer, however, it looks just like another version of the Lip Gym, which I have used to increase action of the orbicularis oris (OO). These types of devices can be used to facilitate action of the OO. Two basic methods of muscle stimulation are employed: Stretching and Resistance. Stretching A muscle is stretched to activate…

Stimulating Lip Movement

By Pam Marshalla

Q: What can I do from a muscle-based perspective to engage the upper lip? There have been many methods of stimulating lip movement in the articulation, motor speech, oral motor, feeding, dysphagia, and orofacial myofunctional literature. The following sources are my favorite ones for activities to facilitate lip mobility. [Presented alphabetically] Dworkin, J. P. (1991). Motor speech disorders: A treatment guide. St. Louis: Mosby. Garliner, D. (1981) Myofunctional therapy. Coral Gables: Institute for Myofunctional Therapy. Marshalla, P. J. (1992). Oral…