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TalkTools: Information for new Parents

Therapy Resources organises seminars and workshops in practical oral placement therapy techniques for speech & language pathologists, occupational therapists, physical therapists, teachers and parents of special needs children and adults.

We are pleased to announce that we will be holding the following TalkTools Feeding Workshop in Penang, Malaysia next year.

28 July 2017 (Fri) & 29 July 2017 (Sat)

If you wish to be on our mailing list for this and future workshops, please submit your details at the bottom of the page.

Can’t make it to a workshop? Our training are also available on DVDs. Please visit our Online Store for the full range.

About TALKTOOLS® Oral Placement Therapy Workshops

  • Level 1 : A Three-Part Treatment Plan for Oral Placement Therapy (OPT) (2-Day)
    Sara Rosenfeld-Johnson’s innovative tactile-sensory approach to speech therapy uses therapy tools to train and transition muscle movements for speech production. Learn how 40 highly motivating motor activities can be used to improve phonation, resonation, and speech clarity. Interactive, hands-on demonstrations will focus on therapeutically sound techniques to develop oral-motor movements for improved speech clarity. Muscles of the abdomen, velum, jaw, lips, and tongue will be discussed within the parameters of movements necessary for speech production. Developmentally appropriate motor movements for speech are therapeutically targeted using highly motivating techniques appropriate for children and adults.
  • Level 2: Oral Placement Therapy(OPT): Assessment & Program Plan Development (2-Day)
    Learn how to perform a comprehensive assessment for clients with oral placement, sensory, feeding and/or speech disorders. These principles follow Sara Rosenfeld-Johnson’s hierarchical approach to oral placement assessment and treatment. This workshop will lead you step-by-step, through the assessment process used with clients of varying ages and skill levels who evidence oral placement deficits. Participants will observe three complete assessment sessions with clients from infancy to young adults, and will learn how to identify and assess oral-motor deficits that affect speech production. Development of therapeutic program plans designed specifically to meet each client’s oral-motor needs will be addressed. This workshop is based on techniques covered in Level 1 : A Three-Part treatment plan for oral placement therapy.
  • Feeding Therapy : A Sensory Motor Approach (2-Day)
    Frustrated with clients who don’t have intact sensory systems? Lori Overland, M.S., CC-SLP will show you a step-by-step approach to teach your most challenging clients tolerance of touch, enabling them to learn to eat and develop appropriate oral-motor movements. Day 1 focuses on promoting ac­ceptance of touch for therapeutic feeding, oral stimulation and movement. Her techniques incorporate a vari­ety of temperatures, textures and tastes. Day 2 features hands-on learning of techniques for spoon feeding, straw drinking and chewing solid foods. Leave this workshop with therapeutic feeding techniques you can use with confidence the next day.
  • Childhood Apraxia of Speech: The Oral-Motor Component (1-Day)
    Renee Roy Hill, M.S., CC-SLP will discuss how many clients with a diagnosis of childhood apraxia of speech also have coexisting deficits which include sensory, feeding and oral-motor deficits. She will address how implementing an oral-placement program in a therapeutic hierarchy in conjunction with traditional verbal and tactile techniques will improve speech clarity for clients with apraxia diagnosis. Participants will learn specific techniques to bridge the gap between OPT and direct speech practice. Each therapeutic technique can be implemented in school and/or home environments. It is recommended (not required) you attend “A Three-Part Treatment Plan for Oral Placement Therapy.
  • Teaching Speech to Non-Vocal Individuals with Autism (2-Day)
    “A combined approach using the science of Applied Behavior Analysis and Oral Placement Therapy (OPT) in a systematic program to teach functional speech to non-verbal individuals with Autism and related disabilities.”

Developing functional speech in non-verbal clients with autism can be one of the biggest challenges for speech pathologists as well as behavior analysts when those clients do not respond to traditional verbal modeling approaches. Working with those clients who present with challenging behaviors can be difficult as well.

This course will present a systematic approach to developing functional speech with individuals who are non-verbal or non-imitative. The course is a comprehensive program that combines principles of applied behavior analysis with oral placement therapy. For behavior analysts, the course will demonstrate the importance of using specific techniques within hierarchies to develop the oral placement skills for speech and feeding. For speech and language pathologists, this course will demonstrate techniques developed within the applied behavior analysis field to maximize learning for functional speech using reinforcement based procedures. The course will guide all participants through a complete program, beginning with developing cooperation and ending with functional vocabulary. Videos will be shown throughout the presentation to demonstrate each technique. This course will benefit Speech and Language Pathologists, Behavior Analysts, Teachers, Parents and others working with non-verbal individuals with autism.