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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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TalkTools sponsors a Speech Therapy and Occupational Therapy trip to Ukraine

Posted by Deborah Grauzam on

Last November, TalkTools sponsored a mission trip to Ukraine made by five Curtin University Health Sciences (Australia) Alumni, through the program "Go Global." They trained parents of children with Speech Therapy and Occupational Therapy needs, partly using products donated by TalkTools. Here is how it went, in their own words.

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Photographs from left to right:

  1. Speech Therapist Shelby Walquist introduces TalkTools to the staff at Dzherelo Centre, Lviv, Ukraine.
  2. Shelby trouble shooting feeding issues with a child at the Dzherelo Centre.
  3. The Alumni Team at the Dzherelo Centre, from left to right: Shelby Walquist (Speech), Kirrily Manning (Program Coordinator/OT), Simone Bunter (OT), Sarah Marchetti (OT) and Emma McKinley (Speech).

    "From 2008-2013 over 80 allied health students visited Ukraine as part of the Curtin University “Go Global” student clinical placement program.  The program was suspended and later disbanded in 2014 when Ukraine became more known internationally for all the wrong reasons.  No one could have predicted so many lives would be impacted by the subsequent Russian invasion, including those of thousands of babies and children abandoned in Ukraine's many orphanages.

    However something gets under your skin when you work with such beautiful children and dedicated yet desperate carers that when Go Global Program Coordinator, Kirrily Manning, decided to return, her heart was not the only one moved to find a way to keep the work alive.  She was joined in November 2015 by four Curtin Alumni, two Speech Therapists and two Occupational Therapists.  Taking annual leave and paying their own expenses, these dedicated young women spent a week working at Dzherelo Centre, Lviv.

    At the request of Dzherelo senior therapists, a two-day staff training workshop was provided in the development of the function of feeding, as well as assessing feeding difficulties and tailoring intervention strategies. In addition, a half-day workshop for parents was provided.  Speech Therapist Shelby Walquist delivered the training with technical and moral support from colleague Emma McKinley.  Occupational Therapists Simone Bunter and Sarah Marchetti attended the sessions, providing advice about supportive feeding equipment and promoting and explaining a profession that does not yet exist in Ukraine.

    The staff at the centre responded so well to the new information provided. There were opportunities throughout the training to trouble shoot particular clients and situations. Through these discussions it was found that most of the students were still performing a suckle. Shelby discussed how staff could use different equipment and exercises from TalkTools to turn mealtimes into therapy to support the children in developing their oromotor skills. All of the children that the Alumni had an opportunity to work with required support with the strength and coordination of their jaw. Chewy Tubes with the pre-feeding chewy hierarchy were trialed successfully and the team is excited to hear how the students are going over the next few months.

    In addition, collegial meetings were held with The Lviv Catholic University, Polytechnic University and Military Hospital.

    The team learnt so much and gained valuable experience. They are now busy discussing the possibility of another trip for 2016 when one hopes the conflict has resolved to the point where they could also return to orphanages in the East of Ukraine.

    A special thanks to TalkTools for their generous donation of equipment which made such an incredible difference in the lives of the children at the Centre. Thank you!"

    ~ Shelby Ellen Walquist

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