Auglin recommends performing this massage from birth. First, it should be introduced like a game by either of the parents. After that, older kids can perform these simple exercises on their own.
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Auglin’s “smart massage”
Perform each exercise by slowly counting to 10.
Leading speech therapists have adapted Auglin’s massage and described detailed instructions that can be understood even by children:
- Hold the child’s earlobes; pull them down. Hold the tops of the ears; pull them up. Hold the middle of the ears; pull them forward, back, and to the side.
- With the index and middle fingers of both hands, simultaneously “draw” circles (massage with circular movements) along the contour of the cheeks.
- “Draw” circles along the contour of the forehead and chin with the index and middle fingers. Your movement should be performed with both hands at the same time but in opposite directions.
- “Draw” glasses around the eyes with the index and middle fingers (eyes should be open). The fingers’ movement should follow from the medial ends of the eyebrows through the sockets to the inner corners of the eyes.
- Press the pads of both index fingers firmly on each of the sets of points (as in the picture below).