SLP Tip of the Week: Don’t Eat The Bubbles!
by Hanna Bogen
Dear world of people who use bubbles with kids:
I will give you one whole dollar if you can honestly tell me that you have never watched a child (oral apraxia or not) inhale or ingest bubble solution while trying to blow those oh-so-magical bubbles (accidentally or on purpose). Let’s just be candid for a moment. It’s GROSS. I have worked as a nanny for lots of kids in lots of families, and I’m always shocked at how many kids attempted to eat and drink things that have either spent a week or more fermenting under the refrigerator or could double as an insect killing agent. With all this in mind, I hate that more bubble solution usually ends up on your client’s face than turning into bubbles. They inhale instead of exhale, they accidentally stick their tongue out, the bubble pops on the wand before it flies away-you name it! “So what’s the solution Hanna???” you wail desperately: The Melissa and Doug Bella Butterfly Bubble Blower OR the Verdie Chameleon Bubble Blower.
I came across these while online shopping one day, and almost jumped out of my seat with joy. Why so great? There is a solid 4 inches of plastic butterfly or chameleon goodness between where the client puts his/her lips and where the wand actually touches bubble solution. As a bonus, it blows great bubbles!!!
You’re welcome bubble-blowing friends!
I am in no way affiliated with Melissa and Doug…I just love this product!
Our Featured Contributor: Hanna Bogen, SLP Grad Student
Hanna is currently a grad student at the University of Washington in Seattle who has a terrific blog for students and experienced SLPs alike. Check it out at hbslp.wordpress.com