OPT (Oral Placement Therapy) to Improve Speech Clarity and Feeding Skills Webinar

WEBINAR - OPT (Oral Placement Therapy) to Improve Speech Clarity and Feeding Skills

TalkTools is excited to launch our webinar series -- register today!

Date: June 9, 2017

Location: Webinar

Presenter: Monica Purdy, MA, CCC-SLP

Course Description

Considered the foundation for all TalkTools training, this course instructs learners on TalkTools' tactile-sensory approach to speech and feeding therapy by incorporating our unique therapy tools to train muscle movements for improved feeding safety and speech clarity.

Learn how these highly motivating motor activities can be used to improve phonation, resonation, and speech clarity for children and adults. Muscles of the abdomen, velum, jaw, lips, and tongue will be discussed within the parameters of movements necessary for speech production.

Each activity can be implemented easily within the school and/or home environment.

  • Understand the need for dissociation and grading for feeding and speech 
  • Appropriately apply at least 5 new therapy techniques
  • Learn to use Oral Placement Therapy (OPT) techniques as a tactile cueing system in conjunction with traditional speech therapy techniques to improve speech clarity
  • Describe how therapeutic straw drinking can be used to improve speech clarity for /s/ and /z/
presenter bio
Monica Purdy has more than 14 years of professional experience specializing in helping children with special needs to communicate. Monica is PROMPT and SOS trained, familiar with sign language, and well-versed in the use of augmentative devices . . . more

    $120 EARLY BIRD RATE - until 5/25/17
    $150 Standard Rate - 5/26/17 to day of
    Group Rate Available: Purchase 4 seats, 5th seat is free (after you purchase GROUP RATE, TalkTools will contact you for names of additional seats)


    .5 CEUs per participant (5 instructional hours - see schedule below)

    Schedule (9:30AM - 3:00PM 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    2:30PM    Instruction
    •   2:30PM    3:30PM    Instruction/Q&A
    Suggested Add-ons:

    1 - Horn #1 
    1 - Straw #4  
    1 - Straw C
    2 - Bite Blocks 
    1 - Stir Stick
    1 - Plastic Spoon
    1 - Toothette
    1 - Tongue Depressor