4 activities to help stretch a tongue tie in toddlers

Firstly, I am not a teacher nor am I a trained speech therapist. However, I am a Mother with a speech-delayed daughter and we faced brick wall after brick wall with regards to getting any help – so I took it upon myself to look into ways that I could help her and see if we could defeat this tongue tie followed by her speech delay together. 

I’d just like to point out that rectifying my daughter’s tongue tie did not automatically give her the gift of speech. That challenge would come next. 

I made an appointment with our local GP to inquire about the possibility of having her tie snipped following her tongue tie diagnosis. Thankfully, a referral was made from our GP but sadly the NHS consultant declined her referral letter without even seeing her. We never received an explanation as to why, either. That was a frustrating start. 

Over the next few weeks, I continued to look into ways to stretch her tongue tie with simple everyday exercises & other means to assist her with her pronunciation & speech as well as appealing for my daughter to actually be seen by the consultant that denied her referral letter in the first place. Sadly, nothing came of that so we looked into getting her seen privately. I kept doing the tongue tie stretching exercises with her to hopefully stretch that tongue tie before she was seen again. 

Her private appointment came round surprisingly fast and after {painfully} handing over £140 {which was just for the appointment!} the consultant gave my daughter a thorough check over – he told me that her tongue tie was no longer an issue. He said whatever I’d been doing with her, had worked.

I must mention that from her diagnosis to her being seen privately, it had been around three months. I had been doing the tongue tie stretching exercises with her for around 6-8wks. 

Below I have shared the four activities that I did with Annabelle to help stretch her tongue tie. These may not work for everyone, but they did work for my daughter. 

So once again, I am not a speech therapist, or a teacher, or a doctor – I am a Mother who fought hard and worked tirelessly with her daughter to help stretch and break her tongue tie. 

If you are currently in the position that we were once in, then I really hope these tongue tie stretching activities help your child like they helped mine. 

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Activities to help stretch a tongue tie in toddlers

I’ll share the activities I did with my daughter to help kick speech delay’s butt in another post! 

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21 Comments

  1. 19/09/2017 / 7:47 PM

    These sound like some great ideas, it is good to be able to help a child who has tongue tied.

  2. 19/09/2017 / 8:12 PM

    They sound like great exercises, and they obviously worked!! My sister’s boys all had a tongue tie, I know one was snipped when he was tiny as he couldn’t feed properly…

    • 19/09/2017 / 9:32 PM

      I’m so glad they found it and snipped it. They missed my daughters and she wasn’t diagnosed with it until she was one month shy of three! Quite shocking! But, yes these worked amazing for her, thankfully!

  3. 19/09/2017 / 11:18 PM

    These are great ideas, I’m glad you were able to help your daughter with her speech delay, it must have been so frustrating for her, it’s hard enough for toddlers to try to communicate without having tongue tie thrown into the mix.

  4. Leah Lander-Shafik
    20/09/2017 / 12:08 PM

    I hadn’t even heard of this before but it’s great that you have posted these. The exercises seem practical and fun as well. Great post

  5. 20/09/2017 / 12:57 PM

    These tips will be really useful for my niece as she’s 2 but isn’t talking yet. She’s waiting to have speech therapy. I’m glad they helps your daughter no one likes to not being able to comminacte x

  6. Emily (@amummytoo)
    20/09/2017 / 3:41 PM

    Neither of mine suffered from this but it’s very interesting seeing the techniques you used. Glad to hear that this hurdle has been jumped now x

  7. Jess
    20/09/2017 / 4:46 PM

    Ugh the price of that consultant honestly scares me. Whilst you obviously can’t put a price on health, I worry that the NHS are going to be turning away more and more referrals.

  8. 20/09/2017 / 5:11 PM

    I like the technique here and the way you have made it fun for little ones. My diction is a bit poor but my mummy thinks it’s because of me sucking my thumb x

  9. 21/09/2017 / 12:13 PM

    some great ideas here, my 8 year old son had his tongue tie cut at 6 months old as he struggled to eat

  10. 21/09/2017 / 2:57 PM

    Oh gosh! I’m so sorry about your experience with the NHS (I can totally relate!) – I love that you managed to find a way to help your daughter though! I hope this will help other children too, and that your baby will soon overcome her speech problems! <3 xxx

  11. 21/09/2017 / 9:24 PM

    I am so pleased that you were able to help your daughter out in this way, yet disgusted that the consultant wouldn’t help you! I love the fact that you have shared the tips for people who may face the same problems as your daughter did xx

  12. 21/09/2017 / 9:55 PM

    I didnt know you could stretch your tongue, will tell my friends xx

  13. 22/09/2017 / 4:46 AM

    So sad about the NHS experience! Super amazing tips!

  14. 22/09/2017 / 2:40 PM

    Great advice and I’m so glad these exercises helped your daughter – what an achievement.

  15. 22/09/2017 / 10:53 PM

    Never really heard of this before so really interesting to read how to help it! Also, love your layout 😀

  16. 22/09/2017 / 11:45 PM

    These are fantastic ideas, and I’m so glad they helped your daughter, that’s amazing!

  17. 25/09/2017 / 12:13 PM

    Great to work on these simple techniques at home to help things along!

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