The Side Biter Kit (Levels 1-3), single Side Biters & Mini Biter:
Oral motor & Swallowing Exercise Tools
Improving Oral Dysphagia Therapy, One Side Bite at a Time
Available in a set or separately
The Side Biter & Mini Biter by Gnosh, Inc
100% Made in the USA
Gnosh, Inc offers private feeding-swallowing diagnostic & therapeutic consultative services & products. Contact me to arrange services
NOTE: Any Side Biter level can be selected for use with patients depending upon their needs.
Not all patients will require the complete 3-level kit.
A complete dysphagia assessment is required prior to use of The Side Biter & Mini Biter
Who can benefit from the Side Biter or Mini Biter?
Children or adults with brain injuries, cerebral palsy, stroke, pediatric dysphagia, adult dysphagia, premature birth, developmental delays, oral cancer, Down syndrome, autism and aspiration risks.
Therapists can guide a patient and/or select the Side Biter/ Mini level that best suits their patient’s clinical needs. The Side Biter provides a systematic approach that gradually allows therapeutic amounts of food to enter the mouth which stimulates sensory-muscular skills and exercises the lips, tongue, jaw and swallow activation using flavorful, diced food. The Side Biter system gradually and safely supports the development of safe, effective chewing, side biting skills, lateral-rotary tongue motion in the oral phase of eating and leads to improved oral motor, food acceptance and swallowing abilities.
The wide rubber handle offers the patient hand-to-mouth self-feeding opportunities for all ages.
Not intended to be a feeder (i.e., spoon)
Hot & soapy water, dishwasher safe or boil for 10 minutes. See cleaning instructions enclosed.
NOTE: Do not use with nuts, seeds or other sharp foods.
The Side Biter & Mini Biter tools were created by Cheryl Pelletier, M.S.,CCC-SLP, Gnosh, Inc owner & a feeding-swallowing specialist. This innovative, mouth-safe, therapeutic chewing & swallowing system was designed for people over age 2 years of age (to adulthood) who have physical, neurological, oral motor, sensory food aversions, feeding or swallowing impairments. The Side Biter Kit (3 Levels) provides the skilled therapist to offer a systematic approach that motivates patients to gradually allow therapeutic amounts of diced or frozen food to enter the mouth which stimulates sensory-muscular skills and exercises the lips, tongue, jaw and swallowing using flavorful, diced food. The Mini Biter is 2 inches in length & has 6 holes, designed for smaller mouths (9 months and up).
Includes device and all components
No Separate Parts
To Choke On
Class 1 Medical Device
Lifespan Application for patients ages 2 years to adulthood
Offers Dysphagia Therapy methods using a systematic therapeutic chewing & swallowing practice
Nutritive Chewing for improving functional eating and swallowing skills
Designed with patient self-feeding independence in mind