Solving the Puzzle of Autism Using Tactile Therapy Techniques Webinar

WEBINAR - Solving the Puzzle of Autism: Using Tactile Therapy Techniques

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Date: June 23, 2017

Location: Webinar

Presenter: Robyn Merkel Walsh, MA CCC-SLP

Course Description

TalkTools' innovative tactile-sensory approach to speech therapy uses therapy tools to train muscle movements for improved feeding safety and speech clarity

Autism is a developmental disability that affects, often severely, a person’s ability to communicate and socially interact with others. According to recent statistics from Cure Autism Now, autism is believed to affect 1 in every 50 people and the rate is on the rise. The intensity of symptoms varies widely; however, all people on the spectrum display impairments in communication, social relationships and patterned behaviors. Due to high incidence of communication issues with the ASD population, Speech Pathologists are almost always part of a team of professionals who treat these individuals. This course will look at the current methodologies and treatment techniques when working with children who present with Autism. Various methodologies will be outlined and discussed including Applied Behavioral Analysis, Verbal Behavior, DIR methods, Oral Placement Therapy and Biomedical Theories. Combining approaches allow therapists to assess children with ASD and implement a comprehensive tactile approach to therapy. Issues such as problematic behavior, food refusal and tactile sensitivities will be discussed.

  • Identify at least three current therapies being used by speech pathologists who work with children on the autistic spectrum
  • Understand the variations between the ABA vs. the Floortime Models of therapy.
  • Define two features of an Oral Placement Disorder
  • Successfully implement two types of reinforcements to utilize with a child on the autism spectrum
  • Learn at least four new techniques to be used with their clients
  • Create a speech therapy goal in a simple STO format
presenter bio

Robyn Merkel-Walsh has specialized for over 21 years in Oral Placement and myofunctional disorders in children. She is employed by the Ridgefield Board of Education, runs a private practice in Ridgefield, NJ, is the board chair of the Oral Motor Institute, and is a member of the TalkTools® speakers bureau. . . . more

How it works



        $120 EARLY BIRD RATE - until 6/8/17
        $150 Standard Rate - 6/9/17 to day of
        Group Rate Available: Purchase 4 seats (standard rate), 5th seat is free (after you purchase GROUP RATE, TalkTools will contact you for names of additional seats) 


        .6 CEUs per participant (6 instructional hours - see schedule below)

        Schedule (9:30AM - 4:30PM EST)
        •   9:30AM  10:00AM    Registration/Welcome
        • 10:00AM  11:30AM    Instruction
        • 11:30AM  11:40AM    BREAK
        • 11:40AM    1:00PM    Instruction
        •   1:00PM    1:10PM    BREAK
        •   1:10PM    3:00PM    Instruction
        •   3:00PM    3:10PM    BREAK
        •   3:10PM    4:00PM    Instruction
        •   4:00PM    4:30PM    Wrap-up/Q&A
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