Practical Tips and Tricks It is important to have strong and mobile articulators. Articulators include our lips, cheeks, jaw and tongue. Children who are born prematurely, are diagnosed with various syndromes including Down syndrome or Autism, or are "late talkers" most often have weak muscles of the face. Development of oral motor skills includes teaching these muscles to move in the right way in order for the child to learn to swallow, chew and speak. In the early childhood setting children with poor oral motor skills are easily identified. These children are often difficult to understand and are messy eaters.
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