Whistle M.O.R.E. Program
The M.O.R.E. program consists of using elements of oral motor toys to improve sensory processing, self-regulation, postural and motor control, and speech and language development.
M.O.R.E. is an acronym that stands for:
- Motor components
- Oral organization
- Respiratory demands
- Eye contact and control
The M.O.R.E format is designed to help therapists select toys and other materials as part of an intervention to improve mouth, sensory, and postural functions. Toys and materials can be graded using the M.O.R.E. format in order to incorporate appropriate oral motor activities suited to a child’s capabilities.
The M.O.R.E program is based on the Suck, Swallow, Breathe Synchrony (SSB) Model.
- This pattern coordinates sucking, swallowing, and breathing which allows us to eat and breathe without choking.
- Suck, swallow, and breathe pattern is the first and most organized sensory motor system at birth
- Necessary for nutrition and survival.
- Babies begin to use this pattern for other purposes such as self-soothing and exploration.
- Strengthening a child’s SSB synchrony can help facilitate their overall development.
Enhancing a child’s Suck, Swallow, Breath synchrony can improve many areas of development, such as:
- Postural control
- Motor development
- Speech and language development
- Hand eye coordination
- Social/emotional development
Easy Whistles and Blow Toys:
Requires some controlled pressure to make a sound, in terms of respiratory demand.
Medium Whistles and Blow Toys:
Respiratory demand requires intermittent deep breaths and some grading of air flow.
Duck Call Whistle
Floating Ball Whistle
Difficult Whistles and Blow Toys:
Other activities can be incorporated to support the development of the Suck-Swallow-Breathe synchrony:
- Sucking water, juice, milkshake, pudding through a straw.
- Picking up food items (cereal, animal crackers, goldfish, etc.) by sucking them through straw and transferring them into a bowl.
- Blowing bubbles.
- Blow through straw to move pom poms to a designated area or through a maze.