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The Side Biter :
Oral motor & Swallowing Exercise Tools

Improving Oral Dysphagia Therapy, 
​One Side Bite at a Time

Ages 2 to Adulthood

The Side 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

Products:  The Side 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 food to enter the mouth which stimulates sensory-muscular skills and exercises the lips, tongue, jaw and swallowing using flavorful, diced food. 


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.

See demo videos.

Who can benefit from the Side Biter?  People 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 through the 3 levels or select the Side Biter level that best suits their patient’s clinical needs. 

This 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.

Made in USA

Includes device and all components

Safe Non-choking design

No Separate Parts
To Choke On

Dishwasher safe information



Class 1 Medical Device

Distinguishing Features

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

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