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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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Infection Control & Prevention in a Therapy Setting

Posted by Deborah Grauzam on

In light of August being National Immunization Month we want to discuss the SLP’s and OT’s role in infection control and prevention. The incidence of communicable diseases, such as cytomegalovirus (CMV), hepatitis B (HBV), herpes simples, tuberculosis, influenza, and acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS) are increasing.  These diseases, in addition to other infections, are contagious and can be life-threatening.  Considering the increased prevalence of infectious diseases and the expanded scope of practice for therapists, infection control and prevention of disease transmission are important concerns for the practicing clinician.

Not only are you in direct contact with your clients, therapists may handle hearing aids, earmolds, headphones, earphones, tongue blades, toys, TalkTools, and other instruments that come in direct or indirect contact with their clients. As a result, it is important that they protect themselves and their clients from infection. Infection control programs can include routine preventative measures (hand washing, protective barriers, and immunizations) in addition to antimicrobial processes (cleaning, disinfection, and sterilization).

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommend certain practices for the prevention of blood-borne pathogens and other bodily fluids. Training on these guidelines is mandated annually for all individuals who are recognized as at-risk to occupational exposure for blood-borne pathogens. Standard Precautions include, but are not limited to, hand hygiene, isolation precautions, wearing personal protective equipment, and sterilization of reusable equipment.

Although we may consider this to be obvious, hand hygiene is the most effective way to prevent infection and is often considered the first line of defense against germs. Hand hygiene is important for the safety of health care workers and the patients they treat. Beyond proper hand sanitation is the implementation of barriers, or gloves.



DC Guidelines for Hand Hygiene in Health-Care Settings

Recommendations of the Healthcare Infection Control Practices Advisory Committee and the HICPAC/SHEA/APIC/IDSA Hand Hygiene Task Force



University of Wisconsin Speech & Hearing Clinic Speech & Language Pathology

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