3-Part Treatment Plan for OPT (Oral Placement Therapy) [New York, NY][November 16 and 17, 2019]

3-Part Treatment Plan for OPT (Oral Placement Therapy) [New York, NY][November 16 and 17, 2019]


Date: November 16 and November 17, 2019

Location: New York, New York (8:30AM-4:00PM)

Presenter: Colette Ellis, M.ED., CCC-SLP, BCS-S

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Course Description 

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

  • The participant will be able to appropriately assess oral placement/feeding/speech problems based on muscle systems.
  • The participant will be able to integrate hierarchies for motor dissociation and grading (jaw-lips-tongue).
  • The participant will be able to plan programs of therapeutic intervention to address physiological and motor-based speech disorders.
  • The participant will be able to apply at least 10 new therapy techniques.
  • The participant will be able to properly use oral placement techniques to improve individual speech clarity and production.

This program is offered for 1.2 ASHA CEUs (Intermediate Level; Professional Area). • 1.2 AOTA CEUs • 12 Instructional Hours (see TalkTools ASHA CEU Policy and Process for more information)

Content Disclosure: This presentation will focus on treatment methods related to the use of TalkTools® OPT resources. Other similar treatment approaches will receive limited or no coverage during this lecture.

Workshop Details


NYC Seminar and Conference Center

71 West 23rd Street, New York, NY 10010 

Registration Fees

  • $325 Early Bird Rate - through 10/16/19
  • $385 Standard Rate - 10/17/19 - 11/03/19
  • $415 Late Rate - 11/04/19 through day of
    • Registration includes: ASHA CEUs/AOTA CEUs, course supplies, workbook & certificate of completion

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Instructor Bio

Colette Ellis, M.ED., CCC-SLP, BCS-S with Bio and Financial Disclosure 

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