I Just got the call! Mikaela was approved
to receive Oral-Motor Therapy!
And you ask, "What might that just be?" I'll explain it for you!
Everyone knows Mikaela's 'faces' and how she doesn't smile much. It's
very easy for her to give someone one of her looks, which we all enjoy!
But I always knew there was something about Mikaela's mouth that was
her back from a lot of things. A few weeks ago, another AMC Mom was
looking at Mikaela's pictures (on facebook) and
noticed how Mikaela's
mouth was very similar to her son's. She said that the muscles around
the corners of her mouth look really tight. My first thought was,
"Finally! Someone sees something that I see!" She told me that as soon
her son received oral-motor therapy, within 2 weeks he was smiling
more, eating with a spoon better
and even puckering his lips. Seeing Naomi, and how she puts everything
in her mouth, chews on things and is always using her facial muscles, it
makes complete sense! Mikaela could never bring her hands to her mouth
and do all the things the "typical" child does. If they don't use the
muscles, it will just tighten up. So at home I have
started working on Oral Motor Exercises and it seems to be helping! If
you'd like to see more about it, here is one of the websites. If you are
a parent who would like to see a list of websites to help your child,
please email me and I will forward them to you.