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Speech sucking activities  This resource has been viewed by a moderator.


A variety of activities to work on sucking It is recommended that you seek the advice of a speech and language therapist before doing these oromotor activities.

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Activity/strategy name and materials required How to do the activity Key principles for doing the activity and comments

Something to drink, such as milk or juice;


Variety of straws (different lengths and widths);


1. Drink drinks through a straw. Put the drink in a cup, rather than a carton, so that the child has to suck, instead of squeezing the carton to force the drink up the straw.

2. Have different length straws (cut them with scissors to make them shorter, look for long, twisty straws in supermarkets or party shops) and different width straws (such as the large straws you get in fast food restaurants).

3. Try sucking the drink partway up the straw and holding it there.

Sucking through a straw helps build up muscle tone in the cheeks and lips, as well as working on the co-ordination of breathing and swallowing when drinking.

It will be easier for the child to see what is happening if you use juice, milk or milkshake (which is coloured) rather than water (which is clear).

Straw challenge



2 bowls or other containers;

Timer (optional).

Have fun, and have a go yourself!

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