3-Part Treatment Plan for OPT (Oral Placement Therapy) [COSTA RICA] - event Talk-Tools
3-Part Treatment Plan for OPT (Oral Placement Therapy) [COSTA RICA] - event Talk-Tools

3-Part Treatment Plan for OPT (Oral Placement Therapy) [COSTA RICA]

Date: February 1 & 2, 2019

Location: Costa Rica

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

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
  • Appropriately assess oral placement/feeding/speech problems based on muscle systems.
  • Integrate hierarchies for motor dissociation and grading (jaw-lips-tongue).
  • Plan programs of therapeutic intervention to address physiological and motor-based speech disorders.
  • Be able to apply at least 10 new therapy techniques.
  • Properly use oral placement techniques to improve individual speech clarity and production.
Workshop Details
International Partner: Logopedics Costa Rica (including logistics and registrations)
Instructor Bio

Colette Ellis, M.Ed., CCC-SLP, BCS-S is a speech-language pathologist with over 38 years of clinical experience, holding Board Certification in Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders, and is a member of the TalkTools® speakers bureau. She is the owner of 29th Street Therapy Center, and the lead clinician for Grady Memorial Hospital, both in Chickasha, Oklahoma.  She has recently launched a mobile FEES (fiberoptic endoscopic evaluation of swallowing) service to better serve patients and families who may not have access to specialized swallowing and voice diagnostics, (Advanced Diagnostics: Swallowing & Voice Specialists)....MORE

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