Ruby Speech Therapy



Ruby Speech Therapy is a blog by a qualified speech language pathologist from Malaysia. She blogs in the National Language for the benefit of all about topics close to her heart – Speech Therapy.

She gives short tutorials about how to do some speech and language stimulation activities in her blog. She also writes to encourage parents with children facing speech and language issues to encourage them with ideas and suggestions.

Visitors to her blog can contact her and write to her and she would respond. Drop by and visit Ruby Speech Therapy at her blog by


International Forum on Special Education Needs


University of Nottingham, Semenyih Campus, is organizing a forum on Special Education Needs as follows:

Key Presenter: Associate Professor Jackie Dearden

Date: 23 March 2015
Time: 2-4pm
Venue: Room F1A23, University of Nottingham, Semenyih Campus

This event aims to bring together interested academics and practitioners in the field of special and inclusive education. Videos of case studies will be used to illustrate practices in the UK and stimulate discussion around key issues including identification, assessment, parental involvement/choice, young peoples’ voice, effective interventions and staff roles and responsibilities as well as the range and type of provision for children and young people with special needs from pre-school to post 16. The event will conclude with a panel of experts from the UK and Malaysia responding to questions from participants.

This event is FREE OF CHARGE but registration is required. Please register your attendance here:


Source: University of Nottingham, Semenyih Campus

Upper Lip Tie and Feeding Challenges


Upper Lip Tie and Feeding Challenges

(article by ASHA)


How might an upper lip-tie impact the developmental process of feeding?

Breast Feeding– Inadequate latch:

An infant must flange the lips to create enough suction and adequate seal around the tissue that includes the areola and not just the nipple. It is essential that babies take in enough breast tissue to activate the suckling reflex, stimulating both the touch receptors in the lips and in the posterior oral cavity in order to extract enough milk without fatiguing.

Bottle Feeding – Inadequate Seal:

Because bottles and nipple shapes are interchangeable and adaptations can be made, it’s possible to compensate for poor lip seal. However, these compensatory strategies are often introduced because all attempts at breastfeeding became too painful, too frustrating or result in poor weight gain…and the culprit all along was the upper lip-tie. It is then assumed that the baby can only bottle feed.

Spoon Feeding

  1. Inability to clean the spoon with the top lip
  2. Inadequate caloric intake due to inefficiency and fatigue
  3. Tactile oral sensitivity secondary to limited stimulation of gum tissue hidden beneath the tie
  4. Lip restriction may influence swallowing patterns and cause compensatory motor movements which may lead to additional complications

Finger Feeding

  1. Inability to manipulate food with top lip for biting, chewing and swallowing
  2. Possible development of picky, hesitant or selective eating because eating certain foods are challenging
  3. Lip restriction may influence swallowing patterns and using compensatory strategies (e.g. sucking in the cheeks to propel food posteriorly to be swallowed) which may lead to additional complications

Oral Hygiene & Dental Issues

  1. Early dental decay on upper teeth where milk residue and food is often trapped
  2. Significant gap between front teeth
  3. Periodontal disease in adulthood
  4. Possible changes in dentition with certain compensatory methods to propel bolus posteriorly for swallowing, such as finger sucking.

Source: ASHA

Teacher Talk by Speech Oasis


Teacher Talk by Speech Oasis

Speech Oasis will be organizing a Teacher Talk session, a Hanen training series based on Learning Language and Loving It.
The Hanen Early Childhood Program for Educators/Teachers.

This program will be held on Saturday, May 9, 2015 at Puchong Business Park. For details you can print out the brochure below. Or you can email




Survery on Demand for language for speech therapy in Malaysia


Speech Therapy in Malaysia would like to do a simple survey to find out the demand of the language required for speech therapy services.

In the poll below, just indicate (if you need speech therapy) what language do you need for therapy.

Thank you.