Robyn Merkel-Walsh, MA, CCC-SLP, COM®️

Robyn Merkel-Walsh, MA, CCC-SLP, COM®️ is a Licensed Speech Pathologist and Board Certified Orofacial Myologist® with nearly three decades of experience in the state of NJ. She is employed full time by the Ridgefield Board of Education and is the owner of Diamond Myo and Mouths In Motion Mentoring Services. She is a lecturer and author for TalkTools® and an ambassador and guest faulty of The Breathe Institute. She has been elected NJ Kids Top Doctors in 2012, 2013, 2014, 2018 and 2023. 
Robyn received both her undergraduate and graduate degrees from Montclair State University, where she was later invited to be an adjunct/clinical supervisor. She also taught classes at Bergen Community College and is a former clinical site coordinator for Seton Hall University. She is the Board Chair of the Oral Motor Institute, and on the board of The International Consortium of oral Ankylofrenula Professionals (ICAP). She is the proud recipient of four ASHA ACE Award and the Ridgefield Woman of the Year 2019 in Business. Currently she is a student in the Lamar University's Vocology Program where she is studying to treat and train professional singers and voice users.



Robyn specializes in Oral-Placement, TOTs, feeding and Orofacial Myofunctional Disorders in children and adults. She is Beckman and PROMPT trained. Her private practice focuses on Oral-Placement (OPT), oral motor, orofacial myofunctional (OMT), muscle and motor-based disorders in children, and she has expanded her practice to teens and adults. She conducts evaluations and Program Plans for children across the tristate area and is licensed to service patients in both NJ and NY states. Her current interest is treating professional voice users who present with tongue-tie and voice disorders. She mentors therapists who are trained in feeding, oral motor and orofacial myology and assists with the TalkTools® Levels program.


Publications and Lectures:

Robyn is a well-respected subject matter expert. Her publications include SMILE (Systematic Intervention for Lingual Elevation), Art Talk, Handy Handouts, OPT-S Kit, and she co-authored Sensory Stix, A Sensory Motor Approach to Feeding, Functional Assessment and Remediation of Tethered Oral Tissues and OPT Goals for Speech Clarity. She has also written multiple articles for the TalkTools® website, the ASHA Leader and Advance Magazine for Speech Pathologists. She was published for five consecutive years at the Annual Convention of the American Speech-Language and Hearing Association.  Robyn has also been published in the journals of Clinical Pediatrics. Journal of the American Laser Study Club and International Journal of Orofacial Myology and Myofunctional Therapy.

Robyn is a lecturer for professional enhancement courses as part of TalkTools® Speakers Bureau. She teaches OPT, TOTs, Tongue Thrust and Autism classes that have been offered for ASHA CEs and has been invited to speak on diversified topics by the New Milford Board of Education, The Apraxia Network, AAPPSPA, the International Association of Orofacial Myology, Gold Learning, The American Academy of Physiological Medicine & Dentistry, The American Laser Study Club and the MOSAIC Foundation.  She is also on the faculty and is an ambassador of The Breathe Institute (TBI).

Volunteer Work:

Robyn is actively involved in parental support groups for TOTs, OPT, Childhood Apraxia of Speech and Autism, and monitors an interactive Oral Placement Discussion Board on Facebook. Robyn was a chief clinician in a research project for the Moebius Foundation and was a clinical site supervisor for Malloy College. She is a member of ASHA, AAPPSPA, NJEA, IAOM, OMI, ICAP and The Bergen County Apraxia Association.  She served a term on the NJSHA Board of Directors and as the private practice co-chair. She was Associate Editor of the IJOM in 2020 and serves as the volunteer CE Coordinator for Marshalla Speech and Language.

Books by Robyn
Programs developed by Robyn
Peer Reviewed Journals by Robyn
Articles by Robyn

Financial Disclosure: Owner of Robyn Merkel-Walsh, MA, CCC-SLP®. Member of TalkTools® speakers bureau; receives speaker honorarium. Author of products published by TalkTools®; receives royalty payments

Non-Financial Disclosure: Robyn is the Board Chair of the Oral Motor Institute, and volunteers as the CE Provider Management for Marshalla Speech and Language (ABBL).