Introducing Webinars

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We are proud to introduce WEBINARS as a new option for your Continuing Education!

Web conferencing allows participants to enjoy real time interactions with TalkTools Instructors in the comfort of their own home or office.

TalkTools Webinars

As summer approaches, Continuing Education offers are going to thin out, but we have you covered.

We are starting with a choice of four one-day courses, each offered for ASHA & AOTA CEUs. Registration is open!

Early Bird Pricing is offered up to 15 days before each date for $120, then fee raises to $150. Group rates are available as well: buy 4 tickets get 1 free!

And here is the best part yet: we are giving away ONE webinar ticket this month! Enter below for a chance to win:

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As we navigate together through this new experience, please let us know of any feedback you may have!

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Celebrating Autism Awareness Month With A New Course!

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"A Systematic Approach to Teaching Speech to Non-Vocal Individuals with Autism" (1.2 CEUs)

 TalkTools | self study

Developing functional speech in non-vocal clients with Autism as well as those with challenging behaviors can be one of the biggest challenges when they do not respond to traditional verbal modeling approaches.

Developed by TalkTools Instructors Renee Roy Hill, MS, CCC-SLP & Risca Solomon, MS, BCBA, this new course is a comprehensive program that combines principles of Applied Behavior Analysis with Oral Placement Therapy and is readily applicable to Speech Language Pathologists, Occupational Therapists and Behavior Analysts. It is available live since 2016, now online and in DVD.

For Behavior Analysts, the course demonstrates the importance of using specific techniques within hierarchies to develop the oral placement skills for speech and feeding. For Speech and Language Pathologists and Occupational Therapists, this course demonstrates techniques developed within the Applied Behavior Analysis field to maximize learning for functional speech using reinforcement based procedures. The course guides all participants through a complete program beginning with developing cooperation and ending with functional vocabulary. 

The course is offered for 1.2 ASHA & AOTA approved CEUs, or 12 Contact Hours.

Learning outcomes:

Participants will be able to: 

  • Describe how the science of Applied Behavior Analysis in conjunction with oral placement and tactile therapies can be used to teach non-verbal or non-imitative clients with autism to speak.
  • Identify the prerequisite skills necessary to teach vocal speech and apply 3-4 techniques in the applied behavior analysis research that have been used to develop vocalizations.
  • Describe the sequential steps of developing functional communication beginning with motivation, reinforcement, motor imitation and specific shaping strategies that can be used to maximize learning of functional speech.
  • Explain how many non-verbal clients with autism have underlying oral motor and motor planning deficits that should be addressed.
  • Apply specific task analyzed techniques to assist the therapist in applying TalkTools hierarchies to individuals with autism.
  • Identify the connection between oral placement skills and the motor aspects of speech
  • Apply specific sequential techniques to transition oral placement skills to functional speech for those clients not responding to traditional verbal modeling and shaping techniques.

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And here is the best part: we are giving away 1 FREE online course / month. Enter now to participate!

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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.

TalkTools - Throat Scope TalkTools - Throat Scope 

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.

TalkTools - Throat Scope TalkTools - Throat Scope

Throat Scope is sold by TalkTools as a set of one handle and two 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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    ASHA Convention is next week! Come see us at Booth 423, Sessions 1205 & 1689 ;)

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    TalkTools | ASHA 2016

    Who's excited for the annual American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) Convention next week? The convention is happening November 17-19 in Philadelphia, PA. We are ready to blow your mind both at presentations and at booth #423 and serve you the best we can!

    THE BOOTH

    At the booth, you will be able to view and handle all TalkTools' signature products, such as the Horn Kit, the Straw Kit, the Honey Bear, the Bite Blocks and more. Any order placed at the Convention will receive a 20% OFF discount and FREE shipping (most orders will even be fulfilled right there)!!!

    Anyone visiting the booth can be entered for our raffle featuring Introduction to OPT Kits ($195 value), Online Courses ($30 to $220 value), Amazon gift cards ($250 value) and more! Just come and have your badge scanned. There will also be free bracelets, pens, chocolate and more for everyone ;) And you will be able to be photographed dressed as a super hero  at our super cool photo station to celebrate your successes in speech & feeding therapy.

    Another reason to stop by our booth is to chat with TalkTools experts! Lori Overland, MS, CCC-SLP, C/NDT, Robyn Merkel-Walsh, MA, CCC-SLP, Monica Purdy, MA, CCC-SLP & Colette Ellis, M.ED., CCC-BCS-S will be on hand to answer your therapy questions and discuss your Continuing Education opportunities.

    THE PRESENTATIONS

    TalkTools is scheduled for two presentations that you don't want to miss, Thursday afternoon and Saturday morning.

    "Diet-Shaping for Self–Limited Diets in Children With a Diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder"

    Session Code: 1205 Thursday, November 17, 4:30 PM - 5:30 PM Location: Pennsylvania Convention Center Room: Terrace Ballroom IV Presenters: Robyn Merkel-Walsh, MA, CCC-SLP & Lori Overland, MS, CCC-SLP, C/NDT Instructional Level: Intermediate Abstract Type: Professional Education Speech-Language Pathology Topic Area: Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders

    Abstract: Presentation explores 1) the etiology of self-limited diets in autism; 2) the sensory-motor system as it relates to feeding; 3) sensory processing and how it affects the diet; 4) the importance of establishing home–base when conducting a feeding program and 4) diet–shaping based on a sensory-motor approach to feeding.

    Learner Outcomes: 1. Improved understanding of the etiology of a self-limited diet 2. Demonstrate understanding of a home-based diet 3. Comprehend the concept of diet-shaping

    "Careful Hand Feeding or Comfort Feeding Evaluations: Techniques in Palliative Dysphagia Management"

    Session Code: 1689 Saturday, November 19, 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM Location: Pennsylvania Convention Center Room: 204A Presenter: Colette EllisM.ED., CCC-BCS-S Instructional Level: Intermediate Abstract Type: Professional Education Speech-Language Pathology Topic Area: Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders

    Abstract: Review the speech-language pathologist’s role of traditional dysphagia management versus palliative and end of life care. Review primary and secondary recommendations made when there is known risk of aspiration. Address ethical questions SLPs face regarding dysphagia management. Instructing professionals or caregivers in careful hand feeding techniques will be introduced.

    Learner Outcomes: 1. Describe the difference between traditional speech pathology services and those available during palliative care 2. Demonstrate the consultant role, service and communication needed during palliative care 3. Apply sensory motor techniques which can facilitate ‘careful hand-feeding’ if this is an option chosen by the patient with severe feeding difficulties and dysphagia

    See you in Philadelphia!

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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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