When should the device be used?
In children age 4 and older, teenagers and adults once an orofacial praxis dysfunction has been diagnosed. Speech disorders related to the lingual posture, atypical swallowing, pathogenic position of the tongue at rest and mouth breathing are the most common cases that call for using the device.
A visit to a specialist may be required in case of major dental deformation or an obstruction of the nasal passages.
For practitioners who hesitate to prescribe the use of television – a child who usually has little access to screens will see this short activity as a tenfold reward, which reinforces learning through the reward system, thus reinforcing the treatment’s effectiveness.
How to use froggymouth ?
What to Say, What to Do?
Choosing the right device size
Device size should be based on a comparison of the distance between the corners of the mouth, not the patient’s age. When placed between the lips, Froggymouth should not stretch the corners of the patient’s mouth, since this leads to proprioceptive information being sent in this zone, which is not desirable. If in doubt, the smallest Froggymouth tested on the patient should always be used. For more information, click here
Placement of the Device
We recommend that you do not give patients too many instructions during placement of Froggymouth, except to tell them to sit in front of the television for 15 minutes so their attention is completely focused on the screen, with a horizontal gaze and tongue. They must absolutely not talk with the Froggymouth in place or remove it, even if just for a second.
To ensure patient cooperation, you should explain why they need to watch television: if they were reading or using a tablet, their head would be bent forward, which would make them drool. If a family has no access to a television (due to vacation abroad or not having one at home), you can recommend using a raised computer screen, to ensure the mouth remains horizontal.