About Us

TalkTools® was created to provide the best Oral-Placement Therapy (OPT) techniques, training, and tools to clients, therapists and parents.

Our therapy techniques add a tactile component to feeding and speech therapy, enabling clients to “feel” the movements necessary for the development of speech clarity.

 

What We Do

Tools

Our signature items, like the Horn and Straw Hierarchies and Jaw Grading Bite Blocks, are now household names in the oral placement field. Leaders in the industry for 30 years, TalkTools® has positioned itself as the authoritative worldwide source for oral placement, sensory, and feeding therapy supplies.

Technique

Oral Placement Therapy (OPT) uses a hierarchical based approach to improve speech clarity and feeding skills in individuals of all ages and across diagnoses. These innovative techniques focus on motor movement activities used to improve phonation, resonation, and speech clarity. Combined with a tactile-sensory approach, OPT provides a comprehensive solution to a variety of speech and feeding issues. OPT involves the use of therapy tools to train and transition muscle movements for speech production. Our techniques, applied in combination with the tools, make the difference in client’s lives.

Training

TalkTools® offers professional therapists opportunities to learn and train in innovative and solution based therapy techniques. Over 2,000 Speech Language Pathologists attend one of our live workshops every year and many more take advantage of one of our self-study programs. Those interested in advancing their knowledge are invited to participate in the TalkTools® Level Training Program.

Our Mission

 

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We are a purpose driven company with the primary objective to help as many children and adults as possible.

We focus on the comprehensive mission to improve the lives of individuals facing the obstacles of speech and feeding disabilities

We approach this goal primarily through education. We strive daily to educate therapists and parents with clinically proven techniques that improve speech clarity and feeding skills.

The effects of our training are exponential. Each newly trained therapist or educated parent expands the benefits and resources we offer to clients. We help improve the quality of life for those individuals and their support communities. 

  

 

OUR VALUES

These are the values that drive our decision making process and help us carry out our mission.

Integrity – We are committed to providing the best services and quality of products to our customers. Our business is based on openness and honesty with our customers and employees.

Collaboration – We understand the power of learning from our competitors and we seek opportunities to partner with other leaders in the industry to improve our services and products.

Vision - To create systems, programs and tools that help those with speech disabilities have a better quality of life and help the oral speech therapy industry grow and move forward through clinically proven techniques.

Innovation – Through constant efforts to improve existing products and develop new tools to meet emerging needs, TalkTools® has positioned itself as a primary worldwide source for oral placement, sensory, and feeding therapy supplies.

Education – As the primary worldwide source for oral placement, sensory, and feeding therapy supplies, TalkTools® encourages continuous development of skills and expertise through training workshops to better serve our customers.

 

Our Story

TalkTools® emerged as an answer to a need.
When Sara Rosenfeld-Johnson founded TalkTools® she focused on serving those with speech, oral placement, and feeding disorders. Utilizing a multi-modal approach to communication disorders and individual treatment plans, Johnson provided clients with the most effective therapy and the best possible outcomes.
However, as her teachings in oral placement therapy techniques continued, the therapists and caregivers attending her courses consistently expressed a desire for tools specifically designed to help them implement what they had learned.
In response, she created the TalkTools® brand and developed a series of user-friendly products to correspond with her hierarchical approach to oral placement therapy. Many of these items, including the original Horn and Straw Hierarchies and Jaw Grading Bite Blocks, are now household names in the oral placement field and are available exclusively through TalkTools.com.
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