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Speech Language Pathologists work on skills necessary for age-appropriate consumption of liquids. Drinking from a bottle, sippy cup, straw or open cup all require adequate lip closure, tongue retraction and an appropriate suck-swallow reflex. Children that have difficulty drinking will often experience liquid loss from the front of side of their mouth, appear to ‘choke’ on liquids, or may have clinical signs of aspiration such as coughing. Our team can help assess and treat these difficulties. We can also help your child transition from a bottle to an open cup or straw, as well as work on drinking skills while transitioning from any kind of feeding tube placement.