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TalkTools Live Webinars 2.0: shorter, innovative, relevant

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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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TalkTools News: new credentials for our very own Jennifer Jones!

Posted by Deborah Grauzam on

TalkTools - JenniferCongratulations to TalkTools® Instructor Jennifer Jones, who became this weekend one of only 2 SLPs in the world with the credentials: PhD, CCC-SLP, BCS-S, C/NDT!

What does this all mean?

A PhD (the abbreviation for the Latin "Philosophiæ Doctor", literally, Doctor of Philosophy) is the holder of a doctor's degree, which is the highest university degree. This degree rewards substantial contributions to a discipline by published work. It was originally granted to middle age individuals who had demonstrated a productive career in Philosophy. Holders of a PhD have lead an original research documented by substantial dissertation. This degree is often required to be hired as a university lecturer or a researcher in some sciences, although this varies from place to place.

A CCC-SLP is a Speech-Language Pathologist who is "certified": who has earned an ASHA (American Speech-Language-Hearing Association) Certificate of Clinical Competence in the field of Speech-Language Pathology. It is a professional credential that is nationally recognized and that represents a level of excellence. As ASHA puts it, "those who have achieved the CCC ASHA certification have voluntarily met rigorous academic and professional standards, typically going beyond the minimum requirements for state licensure. They have the knowledge, skills, and expertise to provide high quality clinical services, and they actively engage in ongoing professional development to keep their certification current."

A BCS-S is a Board Certified Specialist in swallowing and swallowing disorders, also called Dysphagia. A BCS-S maintains high-level skills and clinical experience in the evaluation and treatment of swallowing disorders. Thanks to continuing training, a BCS-S knows the latest clinical approaches and can most effectively and efficiently evaluate and treat individuals with swallowing disorders.  As the American Board of Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders puts it, "the BCS-S specialist provides appropriate, evidence-based treatment techniques to address the swallowing problem(s) of each individual, based upon the comprehensive swallowing assessment."

A C/NDT is a Certified Neuro-Developmental Therapist, who has been certified by the NDTA™ (Neuro-Developmental Treatment Association). As the NDTA™ puts it, "NDT is a holistic and interdisciplinary clinical practice model informed by current and evolving research that emphasizes individualized therapeutic handling based on movement analysis for habilitation and rehabilitation of individuals with neurological pathophysiology." This certification is one of the most prestigious in this field as it requires a continuous process of updating knowledge with current NDT theory and practice.

Jennifer is looking forward to her upcoming classes in Puerto Rico on Dec. 4-5 and is glad so many people registered! (In fact, it is sold out ;).) The subjects are "Pediatric Dysphagia: Interpreting the MBSS and Planning Treatment" and "Adult Dysphagia: Interpreting the MBSS and Planning Treatment." Stay tuned for more TalkTools news!

Read articles by Jennifer:

"Why Every SLP Needs to Understand Dysphagia" Jones, J., (2015). TalkTools Blog

"Targeted Treatment: Cranial Nerve Based Assessments" Banotai, A., Jones, J., (2012). http://www.advanceweb.com/

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