For the sake of good, therapeutic fun, we've sacrificed our hearing. Yes, the trumpet is mildly annoying but it's been good for Matthew so we put up with it.
The Ambi Toy Trumpet (smaller toy pictured) was one of the toys we used to reinforce and help Matthew master the concept of blowing.
He's had this this trumpet/horn since he was 26 months old. It took him a few days to learn to get good lip seal around the wide mouth opening. It didn't take him much effort to successfully make the trumpet sound off. This is probably one of the easiest trumpets to sound off either by exhaling or inhaling (through the mouth of course), similar to the TalkTools Pre-hierarchy Horn.
The plastic train whistle (also pictured above with the flat mouthpiece) is not easy for beginners as it requires more airflow and good lip seal. Matthew successfully made the train whistle sound off only after he mastered the Ambi trumpet.
Both are good toys for developing oral-motor skills such as lip closure and lip rounding.
Other ways that we have practiced blowing without needing lip closure include:
- blowing feathers.
- blowing cotton balls or craft pom poms.
- blowing paper strips or pieces or tissue.
- blowing dandelions.
- blowing on our skin or hair.
- and finally, blowing bubbles.
These days, he blows into this trumpet for fun and attention, as he demonstrates in this video. He can also blow bubbles on his own after many days of practice. We also have the TalkTools Horn Kit which I will write about another time.