Saturday, October 6, 2012

What Is She Doing With Her Tongue?

This is probably the most common question we get about Anna from kids.  They notice her tongue sticking out and wonder what is up?

photo by Carissa Marks for Inspiration Through Art

The protruding tongue goes back to a couple of things...low muscle tone, and a small head.  It is not that her tongue is too big, rather her oral cavity is too small.  And, unless she is engaging her mouth muscles, the tongue hangs out.

This is something that will improve as her oral motor control improves.  Her tongue is retracted a lot more these days as she has started speaking more, and as she has become more active and upright.  In fact, I had to search pretty hard for a recent picture where her tongue was just out, and her mouth was not open and smiling.

Deep in thought

Her kisses, on the other hand, are still big, wet, sloppy tongue kisses. =)

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