Facebook LIVE with Advanced Therapy of America

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A Speech-Language Pathologist and Occupational Therapist from Advanced Therapy of America (ATA) will be LIVE on Facebook to educate professionals & families in Sensory Processing Disorder and its effect on language, learning, and development.

Sensory Processing: Building a Foundation for Learning


  • What is Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD)
  • Signs of Sensory Processing Disorder
  • Autism and SPD
  • The effects of Sensory Processing Disorder on Speech, Language, Motor Development, Picky Eating, Attention, and Socialization 
  • Solutions for Sensory Processing Disorder and How to Help your Child
  • Q & A (question & answer) from the Facebook Live Audience (that's you!)

Wednesday, September 26 at 6 p.m. Eastern time.

On the TalkTools Facebook page. Be sure to 'like' our page and RSVP to this event page to be extra-sure not to miss out!

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Orofacial Myofunctional Disorders (OMDs) vs. Pediatric Feeding Disorders: What's the Buzz About?

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by Robyn Merkel-Walsh, MA, CCC-SLP

So, What is the Buzz About?

There is constant discussion on social media regarding orofacial myofunctional disorders (OMDs) and scope of practice. Pediatric feeding therapy and orofacial myofunctional therapy (OMT) overlap but require specific training for each skill set. There is confusion and disagreement among professionals regarding scope...


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Dysphagia: Who. What. Why.

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Who. What. Why.

When You Don’t Know, What You Don’t Know

by Colette Ellis, M.Ed., CCC-SLP, BCS-S

Who needs a Dysphagia Education Course?

  • Clinicians who evaluate and treat dysphagia, regardless of location 
  • Physicians, phoniatrists, physician assistants, nursing staff interested in a patient-centered team approach
  • Parents, educators wanting knowledge and skill for care planning and follow-through



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In-Depth with Robyn Merkel-Walsh & Jeff Stepen: On EBP, OMD and OPT

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This is a repost from Conversations in Speech Pathology written by Jeff Stepen & Robyn Merkel-Walsh.

The following is an in-depth conversation between Robyn Merkel-Walsh, MA, CCC-SLP and Jeff Stepen, MS, CCC-SLP.

Reposted with permission from the author.

Jeff: Thanks so much for doing this Robyn! I’d like to kick things off by first asking you a two-part question. First, what kind of feedback did you receive regarding our episode? Second, do you feel the conversation on the topic of OPT has moved anywhere since?

Robyn: Hello Jeff. Thanks for the opportunity to converse with you once again. I am happy to share what has been happening since our podcast.

To answer your first question, I received a great deal of positive feedback from our podcast. Of course, the therapists I generally converse with are those who are using oral sensory motor techniques, OPT (oral placement therapy) and Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy. I have not been approached by any therapist opposing these techniques directly to negate the comments made in our discussion, but rather received many comments from SLPs who do practice oral motor therapy/OPT and felt it validated the work they do. I have seen it cited on social media when therapists feel they need more information.

In regards to your second question, there definitely has been ongoing debate more specifically on social media. Unfortunately, debates are not always professional. There has been a trend of “shaming” therapists online as well as banning the topic itself from certain Facebook Groups. When therapists try to post evidence and studies they are quickly removed from the group. Banned topics include OPT, PROMPT, tongue-tie, and myofunctional therapy.  I myself have been banned from several of these groups. Words like “pseudoscience” and “controversial therapies” are repetitively used.  It is unfortunate that these therapists are not willing to accept other opinions or perhaps take a class and see for themselves.


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Consider Experience as Part of Evidence-Based Practice to Evolve Our Profession

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This is a repost from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA), with permission from the author.

By Robyn Merkel-Walsh

I was happy to read Melanie Potock’s recent blog, “Three Structures in a Child’s Mouth That Can Cause Picky Eating.” The post sparked a considerable amount of discussion on social media. I also appreciated ASHA’s response about professional experiences, and the value they bring to our profession. I have several thoughts on this blog regarding evidence-based practice and tethered oral tissues (TOTs). 

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