• ANYONE interested in participating in TalkTools® Levels™ Training Program must apply for admission -- EVEN IF YOU HAVE COMPLETED SOME OR ALL LOWER LEVEL (Level 1 and Level 2) COURSEWORK.
  • Applying to this program does not guarantee acceptance.

4 LEVELS OF TRAINING

  • Specialized training from subject matter experts that can be applied right away starting with Level 1
  • Defined, sequencial path -- from the fundamentals to advanced mastery of OPT™ techniques and strategies
  • Dynamic, collaborative learning model -- participants are interactive contributors, learning and sharing among each other

THE BENEFITS

Grow YourPractice

Become a Thought Leader in
Your Community

Expand Your Network Across the Globe

Represent the OPT Levels Community as a key collaborator

THE DETAILS

LEVEL 1
LEARNING OPT™

Start your Levels™ Training with our foundational courses, where you will learn about Oral Placement Therapy, techniques and approaches for assessing and treating clients through the OPT lens, plus strategies for building your OPT Program Plans

COMPLETION OF LEVEL 1 (5 steps)

    1. Levels Training application submission
    2. Completion of the following courses:
      1. 3-Part Treatment Plan for OPT™ -- our foundational OPT course (FORMAT: self-study or virtual streaming or in-person workshop)
      2. OPT: Assessment and Program Plan Development -- apply what you've learned to building your own OPT Program™ (FORMAT: self-study or virtual streaming or in-person workshop)
    3. 3 months applied OPT techniques in your practice

Completing Level 1 DOES NOT qualify you to advertise or practice as a recognized, qualified OPT™ trained therapist. YOU MUST COMPLETE AT LEAST LEVEL 3.

 

LEVEL 2
IMPLEMENTING OPT™

Continue your Levels™ Training journey with expanded OPTcoursework in feeding therapy, speech therapy and essential training for integrating the sensory system in your OPTProgram Plans. Level 2 requirements also include completion of at least one of the focus area electives listed below.

COMPLETION OF LEVEL 2 (6 steps)

    1. Levels Training application submission
    2. Completion of Level 1 coursework
      1. Feeding Therapy: A Sensory Motor Approach™ (FORMAT: self-study, virtual streaming, in-person workshop)
      2. Superpowers of the Sensory System™ (FORMAT: virtual streaming, in-person workshop only - self-study does NOT count toward this requirement)
      3. Is it CAS (Childhood Apraxia of Speech)? Differential Diagnosis and Treatment™ (FORMAT: virtual streaming, in-person workshop ONLY -- self-study Sensory Motor Approach to Apraxia of Speech™ does NOT count toward this requirement)

PLUS -- at least one of the following focus area elective courses (all courses are 1.2 CEUs

(Live Virtual Streaming or In-Person format only -- self-study formats will not qualify)

      1. MYOTools 101™ and MYOTools 102™ 
      2. Functional Assessment and Remediation of TOTs™ 
      3. Feeding Foundations™
      4. Drinking, Eating and Swallowing: A Global Approach™ 
      5. Taking Your Client with Autism from Non-Verbal to Verbal™ 

    3. 6 months TOTAL applied OPT techniques in your practice (3 months for Level 1 + 3 months for Level 2)

Completing Level 1 and Level 2 DOES NOT qualify you to advertise or practice as a recognized, qualified OPT™ trained therapist. YOU MUST COMPLETE AT LEAST LEVEL 3

 

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LEVEL 3
PRACTICING OPT™

prOnce you've completed your Level 1 and Level 2 coursework and have applied OPT techniques for at least 6 months, you qualify to APPLY for Level 3 Training.

The Level 3™ Training Program is a multi-day workshop, limited to a small cohort of Level 2 OPT Therapists. The cohort will work closely with the Instructor, who provides case studies and leads the discussion on evaluation strategies and OPT treatment plans.

ACCEPTANCE TO LEVEL 3 TRAINING

    1. Levels Training application submission
    2. Completion of Level 1 and Level 2 coursework
    3. 1 year TOTAL of applied techniques in your practice (this includes 3 months applied techniques in Level 1 + 3 months applied techniques in Level 2 PLUS an additional 6 months of applied techniques)
    4. Pre-acceptance Q&A session with Levels™ Instructor

Upon completion of this Level, you are a recognized and qualified TalkTools® OPT™ Level 3 Therapist and are:

    • a member of the TalkTools® Levels™ OPT™ Therapist Global Network
    • permitted to designate your OPT™ Level 3 status in communications, marketing and client outreach

    • entitled to receive special discounts on TalkTools® products and services

    • qualified to receive 1-on-1 mentoring from the TalkTools® Teaching Team

    • eligible to apply to the TalkTools® Instructor Apprentice Program

    • primary contributor to the TalkTools® community for feedback on new products and courses and other beneficial topics

LEVEL 4
MASTERING OPT™

Once you've completed Level 3 Training and have applied OPT techniques for 1 year, you qualify to APPLY for Level 4 Training

The Level 4 Training Program is a multi-day workshop, limited to a small cohort of Level 3 OPTTherapists. The cohort will provide their own OPT case studies and, together with the Instructor, will lead interactive, collaborative discussions on how build comprehensive assessment and treatment plans. The cohort will learn from each other, as well as the Instructor. Additional coursework prior to the workshop is also required.

ACCEPTANCE TO LEVEL 4 TRAINING

    1. Levels Training application submission
    2. Completion of Level 1 and Level 2 coursework
    3. Recognition as a Level 3 OPT™ Therapist
    4. 2 years+ of applied techniques in your practice
    5. Pre-acceptance Q&A session with Levels Instructor

Upon completion of this Level, you are a recognized and qualified TalkTools® OPT™ Level 4 Therapist and are:

an advanced member of the TalkTools® Levels™ OPT™ Therapist Global Network

permitted to designate your OPT™ Level 4 status in communications, marketing and client outreach

entitled to receive additional discounts on TalkTools® products and services

qualified to receive 1-on-1 mentoring from the TalkTools® Teaching Team

eligible to provide guidance to Level 1 and Level 2 therapists

eligible to apply to the TalkTools® Instructor Apprentice Program

principal contributor to the TalkTools® community for feedback on new products and courses and other benefical topics

  • ANYONE interested in participating in TalkTools® Levels™ Training Program must apply for admission -- EVEN IF YOU HAVE COMPLETED SOME OR ALL LOWER LEVEL (Level 1 and Level 2) COURSEWORK.
  • Applying to this program does not guarantee acceptance.