Lori Johnson MS,CCC-SLP is the developer of the Textured Spoons and owner of Johnson Therapeutic. Her experience as a speech-language pathologist ranges from the school setting to outpatient and inpatient hospital settings. The concept of the Textured Spoons is to offer oral sensory input during feeding for children and adults with sensory based feeding issues. The Small Textured Spoons were first introduced and available in 3 different child friendly colors. Within a short time, feedback was provided by families and therapists requesting a larger version of the spoon for individuals who would benefit from increased bolus size. The Large Textured Spoon was soon on the market and offered in a silver colored plastic to simulate a traditional spoon. Based on testimonials of product use, skilled therapists offering feeding intervention noted that the size of the spoons were not utilized in an age specific manner. In fact, the Small Textured Spoons were often being used with the geriatric population when the need for small bolus size was required. This is why the spoons have not been marketed as pediatric or adult spoons but rather size specific based on patient need.
It was at an American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) convention when Bruce and Barbara Ryan, both speech-language pathologists, established a business relationship with Lori regarding their invention of the Tongue LifteR. The concept behind their product was to establish appropriate lingual placement to produce /r/ during articulation therapy. The Tongue LifteR was added to the Johnson Therapeutic website in 3 different colors for a child friendly appearance. Feedback from SLPs indicated the positive impact this product had on students efficiently meeting their articulation goal of producing the /r/ sound. The Tongue LifteR has been made available for retail and wholesale purchase, just as the Textured Spoons.