, Volume 33, Issue 3, pp 293–302 | Cite as

Open-Cup Drinking Development: A Review of the Literature

  • Donna ScarboroughEmail author
  • Katherine E. Brink
  • Michael Bailey-Van Kuren
Review Article


To date, a lack of published research studies exist that systematically analyze the factors involved with the progression of open-cup drinking in typically developing infants and toddlers. As a result, clinicians who are working with children that have delays in open-cup drinking development have a limited framework from which to base clinical decisions. The purpose of this review is to collate works from disparate and related fields to provide a brief review of the literature of pertinent sensorimotor and cognitive components necessary for successful open-cup drinking development.


Pediatric Deglutition Deglutition disorders Drinking behaviors Review 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Speech Pathology and AudiologyMiami UniversityOxfordUSA
  2. 2.Firelands Regional Medical CenterSanduskyUSA
  3. 3.Department of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering, College of Engineering and ComputingMiami UniversityOxfordUSA

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