Out of the Mouths of Babes (Booklet)

Discovering the Developmental Significance of the Mouth: A Book Especially for Parents & Other ‘Grown Ups.’

by Sheila Frick, OTR; Ron Frick; Patricia Oetter, MA, OTR, FAOTA; & Eileen Richter, MPH, OTR, FAOTA

This 30-page booklet is designed to help parents and teachers understand the importance of the mouth in the development of normal life activities. Learn how the mouth influences many aspects of development such as behavior regulation, motor skills, and learning. Find out how and why infants, children, and adults use their mouths to accomplish many tasks, and why therapists recommend mouth activities to support development. The booklet includes suggested activities for parents and others to help children with focus, attention and other life activities by enriching daily routines, making transitions easier, supporting school performance, and enhancing play/peer group interaction. (1996)