International Training

We've teamed with our International Partners to provide educational opportunities and therapy tools all around the world...

Upcoming Workshops*

* Workshop participants register directly with our International Partners -- click on the "Register" button for more info

Denmark

AUGUST WORKSHOP | OPT: Assessment and Program Plan Development [August 17 and 18, 2021]

Course Description

Learn how to perform a comprehensive evaluation for clients with sensory, feeding and/or speech disorders following the principles of Sara Rosenfeld-Johnson’s hierarchical approach to oral-motor assessment and treatment using the techniques learned in “A Three Part Treatment Plan to Oral Placement Therapy.” This class will lead you, step-by-step, through the assessment process used with clients of varying ages and skill levels who evidence oral placement deficits. Participants will observe via videos, two complete assessment sessions and follow up treatment with clients from infancy to adult, and will learn how to identify oral-motor deficits that effect speech production.

Learning Outcomes

  • Participants will be able to Identify oral placement, sensory, feeding and/or speech deficits in a variety of clients and diagnoses
  • Participants will be able to Assess oral placement functioning of the jaw, lips, and tongue
  • Participants will be able to Design a step-by-step program plan based on the client’s oral-motor feeding and speech evaluation results
  • Participants will be able to Apply oral placement strategies, when appropriate, with infant, preschool, and school-aged children as a part of comprehensive speech and language therapy intervention

International Partner

WORKSHOP | Sensory Motor Approach to Apraxia (2 day) [Denmark][August 19 and 20, 2021]

Course Description

In this presentation, Renee Roy Hill will discuss treatment of clients diagnosed with apraxia of speech and related motor speech disorders.

Many of these clients do not respond to the traditional auditory and visually-based motor speech techniques often because other co-existing issues, including oral sensory deficits, feeding deficits, and oral placement deficits, are not addressed making differential diagnosis an important assessment component.

Renee demonstrates how OPT activities, which utilize a tactile approach, in conjunction with auditory and visually-based apraxia therapy techniques will improve speech clarity for clients with the diagnosis of apraxia.

Learning Outcomes

  • Participants will be able to discuss goals related to treatment of apraxia of speech.
  • Participants will be able to define childhood apraxia of speech along with subsequent motor speech impairments that may also be present.
  • Participants will be able to gain an understanding of when a muscle-based approach is appropriate in a treatment plan.
  • Participants will be able to study sensory, feeding and motor issues as related to children with a diagnosis of apraxia of speech and other motor speech disorders.
  • Participants will be able to teach how oral placement activities through structured repetition improve muscle skill and teach muscle memory.
  • Participants will be able to understand how using a multi-sensory tactile approach is used with clients transition from OPT to facilitate speech production.
  • Participants will be able to provide strategies for planning and implementing a multi-modality motor speech program.

WORKSHOP | 3-Part Treatment Plan for OPT (Oral Placement Therapy) [Denmark][Sept 15 and 16, 2021]

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.

LIVE VIRTUAL WORKSHOP | Sensory Motor Approach to Apraxia (2 day) [Denmark][November 15 and 16, 2021]

Course Description

In this presentation, Renee Roy Hill will discuss treatment of clients diagnosed with apraxia of speech and related motor speech disorders.

Many of these clients do not respond to the traditional auditory and visually-based motor speech techniques often because other co-existing issues, including oral sensory deficits, feeding deficits, and oral placement deficits, are not addressed making differential diagnosis an important assessment component.

Renee demonstrates how OPT activities, which utilize a tactile approach, in conjunction with auditory and visually-based apraxia therapy techniques will improve speech clarity for clients with the diagnosis of apraxia.

Learning Outcomes

  • Participants will be able to discuss goals related to treatment of apraxia of speech.
  • Participants will be able to define childhood apraxia of speech along with subsequent motor speech impairments that may also be present.
  • Participants will be able to gain an understanding of when a muscle-based approach is appropriate in a treatment plan.
  • Participants will be able to study sensory, feeding and motor issues as related to children with a diagnosis of apraxia of speech and other motor speech disorders.
  • Participants will be able to teach how oral placement activities through structured repetition improve muscle skill and teach muscle memory.
  • Participants will be able to understand how using a multi-sensory tactile approach is used with clients transition from OPT to facilitate speech production.
  • Participants will be able to provide strategies for planning and implementing a multi-modality motor speech program.

Croatia

France

Greece

Norway

Poland

Mexico

Chile

Egypt

Hong Kong

India

VIRTUAL WORKSHOP | 3-Part Treatment Plan for OPT (Oral Placement Therapy) [India][September 9, 10, 11, 2021]

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.