Throat Scope Is Coming To TalkTools!

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We are proud to announce that Throat Scope products will be arriving to TalkTools soon and are now available for pre-sale!

Throat Scope is brought to you exclusively by TalkTools from Australia, where Jennifer Holland developed this revolutionary tool after suffering from bad experiences with classic tongue depressors with her daughter. She appeared on "Shark Tank Australia" Episode 2, launched, patented and introduced her product to the world, now brought to the United States by TalkTools.

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Throat Scope is an illuminated tongue depressor designed to replace the use of separate flash lights and tongue depressors for convenient one-handed operations. It is composed of a reusable handle that can be disinfected between uses, and disposable, clear plastic blades. The handle has 3 powerful long-life LED lights that are automatically activated when a blade is inserted.

Oral cavity examination can be stressful for the patient and parents, the latest often asked to restrain the child while providers use two hands for the examination. This new device allows the provider to use a free hand to hold the patient in place or else, and can even be fun for patients. "Kids will think this is a lightsaber!" said Steve Baxter on Shark Tank Australia. The source of light located inside the mouth also allows better accuracy.

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Throat Scope is sold by TalkTools as a set of one handle and three blades, battery included. Boxes of 50 blades can be purchased separately.

Pre-order your Throat Scope and Box of 50 blades today and have them shipped Monday, February 27.

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    An interview with Diane Bahr, MS, CCC-SLP, CIMI before her first TalkTools Workshop

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    While Diane Bahr’s first workshop with TalkTools is approaching, we wanted to highlight her recent addition to the team.

    TalkTools: What was your first encounter with Oral Placement Therapy (OPT)?

    Diane:  I took courses with Sara Rosenfeld-Johnson and Lori Overland when they were first teaching workshops. I have been using TalkTools products and programs in my own treatment, as well as teaching about them in my graduate course and continuing education ever since.

    TalkTools: You contributed to several publications about OPT since then. Can you tell us more about them?

    Diane: Absolutely. Firstly, Sara and I wrote the first article using the terms OPD and OPT: “Treatment of Children With Speech Oral Placement Disorders (OPDs): A Paradigm Emerges.” You will also see my name on the acknowledgement page in Oral Placement Therapy for Speech Clarity and Feeding, as well as the Introduction to the 4th edition. Sara mentions me as well in her acknowledgement page in Oral Placement Therapy (OPT) for /s/ and /z/, and Lori in A Sensory Motor Approach to FeedingSo, I have a long history of helping and supporting the work of TalkTools.

    TalkTools: Why did you decide to join the TalkTools team?

    Diane: Sara had invited me to join the team many years ago, but we were working through the oral sensory-motor controversy and decided to work separately until we had some resolution. We now seem to have this resolution particularly with Ray Kent’s 2015 article and all of the orofacial myofunctional research that is coming out around the globe. I decided to join the TalkTools team now because the timing is right. Both my textbook (Oral Motor Assessment and Treatment: Ages and Stages, 2001) and my parent-professional book [Nobody Ever Told Me (or my mother) That!, 2010] discuss the work of TalkTools.

    TalkTools: How is your workshop going to help therapists?

    Diane: My 15-hour workshop “Integrated Treatment of Feeding, Speech and Mouth Function in Pediatrics” can be taken either by therapists new to TalkTools who want an introduction or by therapists who have taken TalkTools workshops and want integration regarding the many aspects of oral sensory-motor treatment (i.e., feeding, motor speech, and mouth development/function). My course was a graduate course for many years, and I have been teaching it in continuing education since 1989. The goal of this workshop is to help all therapists integrate the wealth of oral sensory-motor information (re. feeding, motor-speech, and mouth development/function) that is currently available. I keep the workshop updated with the newest and best information I can find. Basically, I have spent 33 of my 36 year career studying and doing oral sensory-motor treatment.

    TalkTools: Thank you and welcome to the TalkTools team!


    TalkTools | Diane Bahr
    Diane Bahr is a certified Speech-Language Pathologist and infant massage instructor. She has practiced Speech-Language Pathology since 1980 and has been a feeding therapist since 1983. Her experiences include teaching Graduate, Undergraduate, and Continuing Education courses; working with children and adults who exhibit a variety of speech, language, feeding, and swallowing disorders; and publishing/presenting information on oral sensory-motor function, assessment and treatment. She is the author of the textbook Oral Motor Assessment and Treatment: Ages and Stages (Allyn & Bacon, 2001). She has also written a book for parents entitled Nobody Ever Told Me (Or My Mother) That! Everything from Bottles and Breathing to Healthy Speech Development (Sensory World, 2010). Diane maintains a private practice, writes articles appearing in a variety of publications, is interviewed frequently on radio and in magazines, and is an international presenter.

    She will be teaching the workshop “Integrated Treatment of Feeding, Speech and Mouth Function in Pediatrics” offered for 1.5 ASHA & AOTA approved CEUs on December 8-10, 2016 in New York, NY. Learn more and register here.

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    October 2015 Live Workshop Schedule

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    We have a very busy schedule this October with speech and feeding therapy workshops across the U.S. Our 1 and 2 day hands-on courses cover a variety of diagnoses including Down syndrome, Apraxia of Speech, Dysphagia, Autism (ASD), and Dyspraxia among others. Therapy techniques that improve speech and feeding by focusing on abdominal grading, tongue mobility, lip rounding, and jaw strength, stability and grading are demonstrated.

    Detailed workshop information and registration is available here. Earn CEUs, impress your clients, and take your therapy to the next level with TalkTools® Oral Placement Therapy!

    TalkTools October Workshop Schedule
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    2015 CHARGE Syndrome Conference

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    CHARGE 2015

    TalkTools Instructor Whitney Pimentel, MA, CCC-SLP is presenting at the CHARGE Syndrome Conference this week in Chicago!

    Whitney will be speaking on Friday, July 31 from 2:15 - 3:15PM. Her presentation is on "Addressing Feeding Issues in CHARGE Syndrome: Implications for Future Oral Motor & Speech Development." Whitney will have TalkTools products on-hand and will be available to answer questions.

    This year's conference takes place from July 30th to August 2nd, and is the largest worldwide gathering of individuals with CHARGE syndrome, their families, as well as professionals working in the field and conducting research.

    We'll see you in Chicago!

    #‎CHARGEinChicago15‬

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    TalkTools at the NDSC Annual Convention

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    National Down Syndrome CongressTalkTools is heading to the National Down Syndrome Congress Annual Convention this week in Phoenix. We hope to see many of you there!

    TalkTools Parent Kit

    We have two tables where you can visit us to find out more information about our workshops, services, and products. We will be located at tables 410 and 412, and will have lots of giveaways during the event.

    Please visit our booth to register to win a TalkTools Parent Kit, which we'll be giving to 3 lucky winners during the convention!

    Also, be sure to check out TalkTools presenter Whitney Pimentel's "Oral Placement Therapy to Improve Speech Clarity" course on Saturday, June 27th from 3:30 to 5pm.

    We'll see you in Phoenix!

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