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Podcast: A Case for Oral Placement Therapy

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Recently, TalkTools® Presenter Robyn Merkel-Walsh, MA, CCC-SLP joined Jeff Stepen, MS, CCC-SLP on his podcast, Conversations in Speech Pathology. In the podcast, Robyn discusses common misconceptions about Oral Placement Therapy (OPT). Click below to listen to the podcast.

We encourage everyone to add their thoughts for discussion in the comments section on the Conversations in Speech Pathology page.

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In Private Practice: No More No-Shows

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We are honored that TalkTools Instructor Robyn Merkel Walsh MA CCC SLP was published in the ASHA Leader.  The article is for therapists and titled:  "In Private Practice: No More No-Shows". You can read it here.

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Promoting Communication Health of Aging Americans

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National Awareness Month Used To Promote Communication Health Of An Aging America

As people age, normal changes occur in hearing, speech, language, memory, and swallowing. Once an individual turns 55, their chances of having a hearing loss, suffering a stroke, developing dementia or Parkinson's disease increases which can lead to a related communication disorder.

Warning signs of speech, language, and hearing problems include:

  • Sudden trouble talking, thinking, or moving parts of your body—this could be a sign of a stroke, and you should see a doctor immediately
  • Turning the TV louder or asking people to repeat themselves
  • Trouble remembering appointments or how to do familiar tasks
  • A hoarse voice or easily losing your voice
  • Trouble speaking clearly that gets worse over time

Tips for preventing communication disorders:

  • Reduce your risk for stroke—stop smoking, control your blood pressure, exercise regularly
  • Use helmets and seat belts to prevent brain injury
  • Get regular checkups, including hearing tests, to stay in top form
  • Protect your voice—don't yell or talk in noisy places, drink plenty of water, and avoid smoking
  • Turn down the TV or radio when you talk with others—you'll hear each other better and you won't have to speak loudly
  • Keep your mind sharp—do puzzles, read, and keep up with current events
  • Stay active and social—do things with friends and get involved in your community
For most Americans 55 and older, unlike many disabilities, speech, language, and hearing problems can be prevented. The key is early identification and intervention; the earlier a problem is identified the sooner treatment can begin.

    If you suspect that you or family members have a communication disorder, consult a certified speech-language pathologist or audiologist. Speech-language pathologists and audiologists play an important role in working with individuals who are 55 and older. These professionals can assist this age group in differentiating between normal aging and having a communication disorder. They can provide tips and techniques to prevent communication problems and keep your speech, voice, and language in top form.

    This information was provided by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.

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    CHARGE Syndrome Webinar

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    We are happy to be partnering with the Charge Syndrome Foundation and The National Consortium on Deaf-Blindness to present  "Techniques to Improve Feeding Skills and Speech Clarity".  The webinar, presented by Sara Rosenfeld-Johnson M.S. CCC-SLP was held on February 24, 2013, 7pm EST.

    In this presentation, Sara Rosenfeld-Johnson describes and teaches the techniques she has developed in her work with infants and children with the diagnosis of CHARGE syndrome to improve feeding safety and speech clarity. Oral Placement Therapy utilizes tactile teaching interventions to supplement what is used in traditional feeding and speech therapy. Improvements can be made at any age as muscle function can improve regardless of age. The information and techniques taught in this presentation can be used by therapists and parents to improve muscle control.

    You can reach it by clicking here: CHARGE Webinar- Techniques to Improving Feeding and Speech Clarity

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