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2017 Therapy Mission Trip to Roatan Honduras 1/2

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Hello TalkTools Family,

We would like to thank you!

With your support, TalkTools has a team going to Roatan Honduras to give back next week -- and we couldn't do it without you.

We are really excited to be heading to Cattleya School in a couple of days with Monica Purdy, MA, CCC-SLP; Colette Ellis, M.Ed., CCC-SLP, BCS-S; Tara Ellis, MS CF-SLP; and Kerry Tichi, MS, CCC-SLP for our special therapy mission trip!

Kerry has been at the forefront of making this effort a reality, and the TalkTools Team is humbled to be a part of it all. Kerry lived in Roatan for years helping the community - and right off the bat started working with families with disabilities, particularly with Cattleya School -- an established NGO (non-government owned) school in Roatan, Honduras whose mission is to advocate for those with disabilities on the Bay Islands of Honduras. We also want to mention how important Cattleya School has been in this effort and we are grateful. Now we're returning with a group of amazing therapists to continue -- and expand upon -- our initial outreach.

We'll be in Roatan for about a week and I'll be sharing updates and pics on Facebook -- stay tuned!

Luke Blessinger
TalkTools President

P.S.  It has been very difficult start of the school year with the devastation caused by hurricanes and other natural disasters, particularly in the Caribbean region.  While our TalkTools Therapy Mission trip is incredibly important to the children of Roatan and our partner Cattleya, our thoughts and prayers are with our friends and partners working to recover from these huge events.  

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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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ASHA Convention is next week! Come see us at Booth 423, Sessions 1205 & 1689 ;)

Posted by Deborah Grauzam on

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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Every day, as an SLP: A Letter to the Parents of Children I Work With

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TalkTools | Vanessa Anderson-Smith

"Every morning I wake with cautious optimism for the day, hoping I have breakthroughs with your child and every other child I work with.

Every day I comfort a parent and a family. When I say we are on the right track to get your child to speak just one sound or even eat one mere meal a day, I believe it with all my heart.

Every day I pray that my small words may help the parent and family to get through not even the day, but the hour.

Every day I think and sometimes agonize about my patients from sun up to sun down. While I may be running late between sessions or seem frazzled, your child is never far from my mind.

Every day my heart bursts at the seams when your child accomplishes what could be considered a 'small' feat by some. It is never a small feat to me.

Every day I boast to my husband, sister, parents, and anyone else with ears about the accomplishments your child made.

Every day when I give hugs, a high-5, or a 'good job' I can feel the love and happiness in my bones.

Every so often the reality of working with children who have struggles ahead weighs heavy on my heart.

Every so often I am known to sit in my car and break down over the mountains my patients must climb in order to complete the most basic tasks of a human: eat and speak.

Every day I live out my dream and passion through my career of speech-language pathology.

Every night I count my blessings. You allowing me to be a part of your child's life story is the greatest gift you can give me."

~ Vanessa Anderson-Smith

Vanessa Anderson-Smith is a Speech-Language Pathologist born and raised in South Dakota. She received her Bachelor’s Degree at Augustana University and Master’s Degree from The University of South Dakota. In 2013 she began Anderson-Smith Speech Therapy, LLC. She is now the only TalkTools® Level 3 Trained Therapist in South Dakota. Her practice focuses on assessment and treatment of motor-based speech and feeding disorders among children and adults. Vanessa lives in Canton, South Dakota with her extremely supportive husband, Ryan.

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TalkTools Workshop Hosts Speak Up

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"Everyone really enjoyed the course.  All of the feedback I’ve gotten has also been positive.  Lori did a wonderful job presenting.  Chad did a great job handling everything on site.  It all went very smoothly.  And Linda was great to work with as well.  I appreciate all her help as we were getting ready for the course. We wanted to share one story with you from the weekend. One of our SLP’s was unable to make the first day because her child was sick and Chad and Linda took care of her.  She was able to watch a presentation of the first day on line at home and join everyone on the second day.  I got the following text from her around lunchtime that day “These people are wonderful!!!! They sent me great email with easy steps to follow and then called me to follow up.  I am watching the video now and will try to be ready tomorrow.  Loving the great customer service from TalkTools and SpeakAbility.”  We really appreciated all they did to help her. And we were also pleased with how good it was for our company.  Thank you for asking us to host the course."

        ~ Frances, Host in Charlotte

"The interest that the course of last Saturday generated was so high that some professionals are talking about traveling to continue with deeper training. The demand is there, the opportunity is real."

      ~ Nellie, Host in Puerto Rico

"We have already seen improvement with many of our clients using the skills Monica taught us!"

      ~ Erica, Host in San Diego

These testimonials come from organizations that hosted a TalkTools® workshop in their facility. What it means is that you host the workshop of your choice (see the list below) at your facility, TalkTools® provides all learning material and markets it to professionals in your region. Hosts can be private practices, non-profit organizations, parent groups, or other types of organizations able to meet the requirements. This is how we get to travel across the country (and more!) to train therapists of all horizons.

Here's a list of workshops available for hosting:

  • A Three-Part Treatment Plan for Oral Placement Therapy (1.2 CEU)
  • Feeding Therapy: A Sensory-Motor Approach (1.2 CEU)
  • A Sensory Motor Approach to Apraxia of Speech and Related Motor Speech Disorders (1.2 CEU)
  • Oral Placement Therapy: Assessment and Program Plan Development (1.2 CEU)
  • Developing Oral Sensory Motor Skills to Support Feeding in the Down Syndrome Population (0.6 CEU)
  • Rehabilitative Feeding and Speech Techniques for Teens and Adults (0.6 CEU)
  • Oral Placement Therapy to Improve Speech Clarity and Feeding Skills (0.6 CEU)
  • Pediatric Dysphagia: Interpreting the MBSS and Planning Treatment (0.6 CEU)
  • Adult Dysphagia: Interpreting the MBSS and Planning Treatment (0.6 CEU)
  • Oral Placement to Speech: Transitioning Muscle Memory into Speech Sound Production (0.6 CEU)
  • Partnering Effectively with Parents: Maximize the Potential of Children Receiving Therapy (0.6 CEU)
  • Solving the Puzzle of Autism: Using Tactile Therapy Techniques (0.6 CEU)
  • Oral Placement Therapy: Clinical Implications for Tongue Thrust and Lisp (0.6 CEU)
  • Sensory Intervention Techniques for Speech-Language Pathologists (0.6 CEU)
TalkTools® in Numbers: 
  • TalkTools® has been known for its quality, clinically relevant Continuing Education since 1996.
  • 75,000+ SLPs have attended our workshops with over 95% recommending them to their colleagues.
  • Our email database has over 30,000 contacts, with the possibility to send geo-targeted campaigns.
Benefits of Hosting a Workshop for an Organization:
  • EDUCATE YOUR STAFF with unique learning material, appropriate CEUs, free products and other advantages.
  • BE A KNOWLEDGE GENERATOR by educating your audience to cutting edge clinical strategies that can be implemented right away.
  • DEVELOP PUBLIC RELATIONS with professionals and families affected by speech and feeding disabilities in your community.
To learn more, read our Host Packet here.  
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