Have you ever struggled to elicit a simple oral motor exam with your littlest students?
These cards take the scary out of trying to get a child to open their mouth and stick out their tongue. Pairing simple oral movements involving the jaw, tongue, lips and teeth, these cards give simple directions such as ‘open your mouth like a crocodile’ and ‘lick your lips like you’ve had something yummy’. Some double oral motor movements are also included, but you have the flexibility to mix up the cards and test your own movements out.
Don’t want to print? This file contains a separate PDF document so that you can upload the informal assessment to your tablet and use as a quick to access, on-the-go option.
Just use your favorite way to transfer PDFs to your iPad (like dropbox) and save in a place such as iBooks (free app on the iPad) and it will always be stored there for easy access.
These are fantastic to integrate into your everyday assessment, particularly for children with speech difficulties, suspected Childhood Apraxia of Speech and even language delayed students who you query if there are underlying motor-planning difficulties. Make it play-based and have toys, puppets and pretend food so that you can elicit these cards easily as part of dynamic assessment. Please note that this is not an exhaustive list of oral motor movements, so I have listed below what the cards cover in terms of oral movements.
There are 14 cards included for the oral movements:
•Jaw - open, bite
•Lips - protrude, pucker, lip seal, retract
•Tongue - protrude, lick lips, side-side
•Teeth - on lips
•Double Movements - retract/protrude, bite/blow, smile/kiss, protrude/lip seal
•A simple screener checklist is also provided (fitting 3 slim screeners to a page)
•For an idea on size - there are 4 cards to a page for the printed version, but one card to a page for the iPad document. If you are wanting to save the 'tablet' version to your iPad, I just save the PDF in my free iBooks app so that it is always there.
If you are looking for a more indepth oral motor (oromotor) form, then grab this FREE Informal Oromotor Assessment
Love hearing your feedback - and may every tongue stick out for you!
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