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Continuing Education BOGO Sale This Holiday Season

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It's almost the end of the year; do you still need more ASHA or AOTA Continuing Education Units?

Get a FREE webinar when you register for any self-study course this week.

Choose from online courses about speech therapy, feeding therapy, sensory techniques, autism, Down syndrome, tethered oral tissue, behavior, carryover and more.

This offer expires Sunday, December 9, 2018 at midnight EST.

The discount will automatically apply at checkout when you have at least one self-study course and one webinar in your cart.

Stock up on free webinars! You can use this discount an unlimited amount of times... so, the more self-study courses you register for, the more webinars you will get for FREE.

This is a mix-and-match deal, so you can choose whichever self-study course you like and whichever webinar you like.

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Live TalkTools Workshops Across the Country this 2018

Posted by Casey Roy on

Get your CEUs before the year ends! There are plenty of opportunities to earn ASHA and AOTA-approved CEUs before the end of the year – and what better way to earn CEUs than in an interactive, hands-on workshop?

Without further ado, here are all of our upcoming live workshops in the last stretch of 2018:

3-Part Treatment Plan for OPT (Foundation for all of TalkTools Training)


This introductory course to OPT (Oral Placement Therapy)​ is the foundation for TalkTools training and is integrated throughout all of our courses. OPT is a type of oral-motor therapy that targets specific movements needed for speech and feeding. The "3 parts" of OPT are: auditory and visual sensory systems COMBINED WITH tactile -- and propioceptive -- sensory systems. TalkTools training applies a unique, hierarchical approach to OPT, focused on a measurable, results-driven path for both therapists and clients across all ages and diagnoses with the goal of:

  • speech clarity
  • improved feeding
  • independence
  • improved quality of life

This interactive, hands-on course includes highly motivating activities targeting the abdomen, velum, jaw, lips and tongue. Techniques learned can be readily implemented across many therapy environments -- private practices, hospitals, schools and home.

Learning Outcomes:

  1. Appropriately assess oral placement/feeding/speech problems based on muscle systems.
  2. Integrate hierarchies for motor dissociation and grading (jaw-lips-tongue).
  3. Plan programs of therapeutic intervention to address physiological and motor-based speech disorders.
  4. Be able to apply at least 10 new therapy techniques.
  5. Properly use oral placement techniques to improve individual speech clarity and production.

Upcoming Workshops for "3-Part Treatment Plan for OPT":

Integrating Sensory Techniques for Therapy Success


This course will allow attendees to evaluate their own sensory differences, which will give insight and perspective toward their clients. The instructor, Monica Purdy, MA, CCC-SLP will demonstrate the importance of modulation, under responsive or over responsive actions in order to guide and create successful therapy sessions.

Attendees will be taught to recognize how a client may be processing information, and to understand which strategies and Evidence Based Practices to use to help the individual both in therapy and other environments such as school, work, church, home and play groups. The importance of working with an Occupational Therapist in treatment or consultation will be addressed.

Learning Outcomes:

  1. Gain a fundamental understanding of the sensory system.
  2. Able to differentiate sensory differences and atypical responses.
  3. Participants experience activities to evaluate their own sensory system.
  4. Be able to implement sensory strategies and Evidence Based Practices in order to increase arousal, production, and attention during a therapy session.

Upcoming Workshops for "Integrating Sensory Techniques for Therapy Success":

Functional Assessment and Remediation of Tethered Oral Tissues (TOTs)


Tethered Oral Tissue(s) or TOTs is a topic that has been more frequently discussed in the fields of lactation, speech pathology, oral surgery, orofacial myology and otolaryngology. Organizations such as the International Association of Orofacial Myology (IAOM) and the Academy of Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy (AOMT) have been highlighting this diagnosis and implications for therapy and surgery. There are three forms of TOTs: buccal, labial and lingual. Lingual TOTs is most commonly known as “tongue-tie” or “ankyloglossia”. The Mayo clinic in 2016 indicated that tongue-tie can affect the way a child eats, speaks and swallows, and can interfere with breast-feeding.

One of the driving factors in the increased interest in TOTs stems from current research linking sleep apnea to a short lingual frenulum, in addition to the increase awareness of the importance of breast feeding. With this topic comes some controversy, and speech pathologists are often left confused in their own role of diagnosing and treating TOTs.

This course explores the functional assessment of TOTs and reviews current well-respected assessment tools which describe structure. With these tools, Lori Overland, MS, CCC-SLP, C/NDT, CLC and Robyn Merkel-Walsh, MA, CCC-SLP (presenting) have developed the Merkel-Walsh & Overland TOTs Protocol which looks at structure, oral motor function, pre-feeding, feeding and speech. Participants will learn to use this tool to identify the possible need for a TOTs referral, and the functional impact this diagnosis may have on feeding and speech. Their unique style of “task analysis” is a practical strategy for assessment that is immediately carried over into developing a treatment program for neuro-muscular re-education.

Participants will learn through the concept of task analysis the specific ways in which TOTs impacts the oral motor and oral placement skills for breast, bottle, cup, straw and solid feedings in addition to speech sound production. Videos and live practicums with attendee participation will provide therapeutic intervention tasks that participants can implement with their clients immediately. The importance of pre and post-surgical therapy will be discussed, and surgical techniques will be explored so that therapists may be have a better understanding of the current research across disciplines on an international level.

Learning Outcomes: 

  1. Identify three forms of TOTs.
  2. Identify at least 3-5 functional impacts of TOTs on feeding skills.
  3. List at least 3 speech sounds that may be affected by TOTS.
  4. List at least 2 professionals that should be consulted if TOTs is suspected after a functional assessment.

Upcoming Workshops for "Functional Assessment and Remediation of Tethered Oral Tissues (TOTs)"

Sensory Motor Approach to Apraxia of Speech

0.6-1.2 ASHA/AOTA CEUs

In this workshop, instructor Renee Roy Hill, MS, CCC-SLP will discuss treatment of clients diagnosed with apraxia of speech and related motor speech disorders.

Many of these clients do not respond to the traditional auditory and visually-based motor speech techniques often because other co-existing issues, including oral sensory deficits, feeding deficits, and oral placement deficits, are not addressed making differential diagnosis an important assessment component.

Renee demonstrates how OPT activities, which utilize a tactile approach, in conjunction with auditory and visually-based apraxia therapy techniques will improve speech clarity for clients with the diagnosis of apraxia.

Learning Outcomes:

  1. Discuss goals related to treatment of apraxia of speech.
  2. Define childhood apraxia of speech along with subsequent motor speech impairments that may also be present.
  3. Participants will gain an understanding of when a muscle-based approach is appropriate in a treatment plan.
  4. Study sensory, feeding and motor issues as related to children with a diagnosis of apraxia of speech and other motor speech disorders.
  5. Teach how oral placement activities through structured repetition improve muscle skill and teach muscle memory.
  6. Understand how using a multi-sensory tactile approach is used with clients to transition from OPT to facilitate speech production.
  7. Provide strategies for planning and implementing a multi-modality motor speech program.

Upcoming Workshops for "Sensory Motor Approach to Apraxia of Speech":

Pediatric and Adult Dysphagia: Do You Know Your "Swallowology"?


TalkTools dysphagia expert, Colette Ellis, M.Ed., CCC-SLP, BCS-S, will be delving into one of the most basic, but also one of most complex, human reflexes: swallowing -- and how atypical or dysfunctional swallowing can significantly impact other basic human activities such as drinking, eating and speaking -- and overall quality of life.

Day 1 will focus on understanding the 4 stages of typical swallowing and what happens when one or more of these stages fails to take place properly -- which many times can be considered dysphagia. Instruction will include key terms, definitions and the latest research to ensure speech and feeding professionals are equipped with the necessary information on this topic. Identifying the differences in pediatric and adult dysphagia through case studies will be outlined.

Day 2 will look at how to recognize, plan for and treat swallowing disorders in pediatric clients. Assessment and treatment tools and strategies will be provided, so participants are prepared to integrate the knowledge and techniques learned to properly identify, recommend and implement appropriate treatment for their pediatric dysphagia clients.

Learning Outcomes:

  1. understand what is considered typical and atypical swallowing function
  2. recognize 4 causes of pediatric dysphagia
  3. identify the speech and feeding therapist role as part of the pediatric swallowing and feeding team
  4. conduct and present a basic swallowing and feeding assessment
  5. apply 3 therapeutic techniques to facilitate improved feeding and swallowing function and safety

Upcoming Workshops for "Pediatric and Adult Dysphagia: Do You Know Your 'Swallowology'?"

 OPT: Assessment and Program Plan Development

Learn how to perform a comprehensive evaluation for clients with sensory, feeding and/or speech disorders following the principles of Sara Rosenfeld-Johnson’s hierarchical approach to oral-motor assessment and treatment using the techniques learned in “A Three Part Treatment Plan to Oral Placement Therapy.”

This class 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 via videos, two complete assessment sessions and follow up treatment with clients from infancy to adult, and will learn how to identify oral-motor deficits that effect speech production.

Development of therapeutic program plans designed specifically to meet each client’s oral placement needs will be addressed. A live evaluation will be performed on the second day allowing participants to observe client skills, record observations on an assessment form and develop a therapeutic plan from these results. We are sure you will leave this session with advanced skills in assessment and program plan development for each client with oral placement needs.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Identify oral placement, sensory, feeding and/or speech deficits in a variety of clients and diagnoses.
  2. Assess oral placement functioning of the jaw, lips, and tongue.
  3. Design a step-by-step program plan based on the client’s oral-motor feeding and speech evaluation results.
  4. Apply oral placement strategies, when appropriate, with infant, preschool, and school-aged children as a part of comprehensive speech and language therapy intervention.

Upcoming Workshops for "OPT: Assessment and Program Plan Development"

Feeding Therapy: A Sensory Motor Approach


In instructor Lori Overland’s updated Sensory/Motor Approach to Feeding class, the complex issues surrounding feeding disorders are discussed. The class reflects new research and understanding of sensory processing and the impact on feeding.

Pre-feeding exercises designed to develop the motor skills for safe, effective, nutritive feeding and therapeutic feeding techniques are targeted.

The class includes two live evaluations and program plans, as well as interactive sensory and feeding practicums.

Learning Outcomes:

  1. Identify and define the developmental acquisition of feeding skills.
  2. Recognize individual oral-phase feeding deficiencies.
  3. List at least four goals of an SLP-administered oral-motor feeding program.
  4. Explain the benefits of improved oral movement in cases of oral-phase feeding deficiencies.

Upcoming Workshops for "Feeding Therapy: A Sensory-Motor Approach":


Registration fees increase as the workshop date approaches, so be sure to sign up as soon as you can!

We can't wait to come to your city and see you at a TalkTools workshop. See the full calendar of upcoming workshops here.

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A Glance at the PREMIERE of our New TOTs Workshop

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The premiere of our brand-new live workshop, "Functional Assessment and Remediation of Tethered Oral Tissues (TOTs)," instructed by tongue-tie experts Robyn Merkel-Walsh, MA, CCC-SLP and Lori Overland, MS, CCC-SLP, C/NDT, CLC was held on Saturday, January 27 in Iselin, New Jersey... READ MORE
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TalkTools Live Webinars 2.0: shorter, innovative, relevant

Posted by Deborah Grauzam on

We are excited to present TalkTools live webinar offering 2.0! We introduced speech & feeding live webinars in May 2017, starting with subjects like Oral Placement Therapy, Feeding, Autism and Apraxia, reflecting TalkTools most popular courses in other Continuing Education options (live workshops and self study). We now have new courses that are offered exclusively as live webinars, in a shorter format, more affordable, addressing different audiences, and always based on the latest research conducted by TalkTools presenters themselves. Here's what's new:

  • Dysphagia: Aspiration & Oral Care (0.3 CEUs) with Colette Ellis M.Ed., CCC-SLP, BCS-S

This three-hour webinar looked at current statistics and information on dysphagia. Discussion included a sensory-motor approach for evaluation and therapy for individuals with dysphagia, and targeted prevention and treatment of aspiration and aspiration pneumonia. 

Next date: Saturday, September 16, 2017

This one-hour free webinar is offered to parents to help them overcome the difficulties of back-to-school with a special needs child and prepare them for IEP meetings. Monica & Michele will help parents know the signs of SPD (Sensory Processing Disorder), get a proper diagnosis for their child, and develop a holistic plan that includes the entire team involved in their child's life.

Next date: Tuesday, September 26, 2017

This two-hour webinar will be discussing how OPT (Oral Placement Therapy) can be highly effective when working with Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) clients. Renee includes real-life examples and scenarios, allowing participants to see firsthand how the quality of life for these individuals has improved through integration of OPT as part of a holistic therapeutic approach.

Next date: Friday, October 13, 2017

This two-hour webinar will focus on ethics and service delivery models for feeding disorders in the school based setting. Robyn, who has served in the NJ public schools for the past 23 years as a full time employee and independent feeding consultant, will provide an overview of the medical and functional etiologies of feeding disorders in school-aged children. She will describe how a multidisciplinary team can be a beneficial part of an Individualized Educational Plan (IEP).

Next date: Tuesday, December 5, 2017

This two-hour webinar will cover what the straw kit instructions don't tell you! Renee will provide in-depth information on incorporating the TalkTools Straw Hierarchy as part of your OPT techniques in your everyday practice. She will demonstrate best practices and hands-on demonstrations that she utilizes in her therapy practice.

Still in the making - stay tuned!:

  • TOTs (Tethered Oral Tissues)
  • Another course on Sensory Processing Disorder
  • Swallowing studies
  • Orthodontics and OPT
  • OPT for clients in palliative care

Who's excited? 😁😁😁

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Which workshop will you take in 2016?

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We are excited to present you our first 2016 Live Workshops! Next year is going to be busy and studious. Our Instructors are going to travel a lot and cover many different subjects to meet your needs. Get ready to take your therapy to the next level!


January 15 - 16, 2016 | San Juan, PR

"A Three-Part Treatment Plan for Oral Placement Therapy" by Whitney Pimentel, MA, CCC-SLP

 January 20 - 21, 2016 | Pasadena, CA

"Oral Placement Therapy: Assessment & Program Plan Development" by Renee Roy Hill, MS, CCC-SLP

 January 21 - 22, 2016 | Jacksonville, FL

"Feeding Therapy: A Sensory-Motor Approach" by Lori Overland, MS, CCC-SLP

 January 23, 2016 | Jacksonville, FL

"Developing Oral Sensory Motor Skills to Support Feeding in the Down Syndrome Population" by Lori Overland, MS, CCC-SLP

 January 28 - 29, 2016 | Odense, Denmark

"Three-Part Treatment Plan for Oral Placement Therapy" by Renee Roy Hill, MS, CCC-SLP

 January 29 - 30, 2016 | Middlesex, NJ

"Oral Placement Therapy: Assessment & Program Plan Development" by Monica Purdy, MA, CCC-SLP

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February 1 - 2, 2016 | Odense, Denmark

"Oral Placement Therapy: Assessment and Program Plan Development" by Renee Roy Hill, MS, CCC-SLP

 February 3 - 5, 2016 | Odense, Denmark

Level 3 Training by Renee Roy-Hill, MS, CCC-SLP

 February 11 - 12, 2016 | Birmingham, AL

2016 SHAA Convention by Jennifer Jones, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, BCS-S, C/NDT

 February 11 - 13, 2016 | Rosemont, IL

2016 ISHA Convention by Monica Purdy, MA, CCC-SLP

 February 12 - 14, 2016 | Derbyshire, UK

Level 3 Training by Whitney Pimentel, MA, CCC-SLP

 February 19 - 20, 2016 | Charlotte, NC

"Feeding Therapy: A Sensory-Motor Approach" by Lori Overland, MS, CCC-SLP

 February 26 - 27, 2016 | San Jose, CA

"A Three-Part Treatment Plan for Oral Placement Therapy" by Whitney Pimentel, MA, CCC-SLP

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 March 2 - 3, 2016 | Dubai, UAE

"A Three-Part Treatment Plan for Oral Placement Therapy" by Monica Purdy, MA, CCC-SLP

 March 2 - 4, 2016 | Jackson, MS

2016 MSHA Convention by Jennifer Jones, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, BCS-S, C/NDT

 March 3 - 4, 2016 | Little Rock, AR

"Feeding Therapy: A Sensory-Motor Approach" by Lori Overland, MS, CCC-SLP

 March 4 - 5, 2016 | Middlesex, NJ

"A Sensory-Motor Approach to Apraxia of Speech and Related Motor Speech Disorders" by Renee Roy Hill, MS, CCC-SLP

 March 5, 2016 | Krakow, Poland

"Sensory Intervention Techniques for Speech-Language Pathologists" by Monica Purdy, MA, CCC-SLP

 March 5, 2016 | Toronto, ON

"Oral Placement Therapy: Clinical Implications for Tongue Thrust and Lisps" by Robyn Merkel-Walsh, MA, CCC-SLP

 March 6, 2016 | Krakow, Poland

"Solving the Puzzle of Autism: Using Tactile Therapy Techniques" by Monica Purdy, MA, CCC-SLP

 March 10 - 12, 2016 | Fort Worth, TX

2016 TSHA Convention by Renee Roy Hill, MS, CCC-SLP

 March 16 - 17, 2016 | Sacramento, CA

"Oral Placement Therapy: Assessment & Program Plan Development" by Monica Purdy, MA, CCC-SLP

 March 16 - 19, 2016 | Chantilly, VA

2016 SHAV Conference by Whitney Pimentel, MA, CCC-SLP

 March 18 - 19, 2016 | San Diego, CA

"Oral Placement Therapy: Assessment & Program Plan Development" by Monica Purdy, MA, CCC-SLP

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April 7 - 10, 2016 | Osage Beach, MO

2016 MSHA Convention by Monica Purdy, MA, CCC-SLP

 April 8 - 9, 2016 | Evansville, IN

"A Three-Part Treatment Plan for Oral Placement Therapy" by Renee Roy Hill, MS, CCC-SLP

 April 9, 2016 | Charleston, SC

"Oral Placement Therapy: Clinical Implications for Tongue Thrust and Lisps" by Robyn Merkel-Walsh, MA, CCC-SLP

 April 14 - 15, 2016 | Long Branch, NJ

2016 NJSHA Convention by Robyn Merkel-Walsh, MA, CCC-SLP

 April 15 - 16, 2016 | Phoenix, AZ

"Feeding Therapy: A Sensory-Motor Approach" by Lori Overland, MS, CCC-SLP

 April 15 - 16, 2016 | Denver, CO

"A Three-Part Treatment Plan for Oral Placement Therapy" by Renee Roy Hill, MS, CCC-SLP

 April 28 - 29, 2016 | Omaha, NE

"A Three-Part Treatment Plan for Oral Placement Therapy" by Whitney Pimentel, MA, CCC-SLP


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