Straws: Fun & Functional

Straws: Fun & Functional


Learn how straws can be used to improve speech clarity!

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Course Description

TalkTools’ innovative straw therapy is captured on this informative one-hour video.

Learn how unique straw hierarchy techniques improve tongue retraction, lip rounding, feeding skills and the development of standard speech production.

Learning Outcomes
  • The participant will be able to apply hierarchical concepts in the context of straw therapy.
  • The participant will be able to list at least 3 ways that straws can be used to improve speech clarity.
  • The participant will be able to explain how straws can be used to correct a tongue thrust.
  • The participant will be able to use the straw hierarchy to reduce drooling.

The "Straws" course is an interactive, hands-on presentation. When taking this course as a self-study it is encouraged that you follow along with all of the activities.


1. Introduction and Overview of Straws  (5 min)
2. The Importance of Proper Positioning

  • Stability in the body (10 min)
  • Mobility in the mouth (10 min)

3. Straw Therapy

  • The hierarchy (10 min)
  • Step-by-step description (15 min)
  • Demonstration with a client (5 min)
  • Encouraging parent involvement (5 min)

    Content Disclosure: This presentation will focus on treatment methods related to the use of TalkTools® OPT resources. Other similar treatment approaches will receive limited or no coverage during this lecture.

    (pending AOTA approval)


    TalkTools founder, Sara Rosenfeld-Johnson, MS, CCC-SLP bio

    Learning Options

    • Online  for 1 learner -- ACCESS TO ONLINE COURSE 
    • Online + SUPPLIES for 1 learner --  ACCESS TO ONLINE COURSE, plus the following supplies:
    • Group Rate for 5 learners
      • ACCESS TO ONLINE COURSE for 5 learners
      • 5 sets of SUPPLIES listed above

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