TalkTools Summer School

School’s IN for the Summer

And you’re invited!

Earn up to 2.0 ASHA-approved CEUs this summer from the comfort of your home or office.

Live webinars allow you to interact with the therapists with the same convenience of an online course. Webinars are also available on-demand after the live recording to everyone who purchases a seat.

Save 15% & gain access to our Therapist Discussion Group Webinar when you register for 4 or more webinars using the coupon code SummerSchool18.

Here are the 10 all-new live webinars happening this summer:

1. Sensory Series: The Speech Language Pathologist – Occupational Therapist Team Look at Regulation (recording)

Presenters: Monica Purdy, MA, CCC-SLP & Jennifer Ray, OT

TalkTools Instructor Monica Purdy continues her Sensory Series by partnering with her colleague, Occupational Therapist Jennifer Ray, to explore and apply best practices for the SLP-OT Team. Discussion includes roles and responsibilities for SLPs and OTs when developing and conducting therapy sessions. Monica and Jennifer provide real-life examples of sensory-based techniques with the focus on self-regulation.

2. Bridging the Gap: Private Practice & School SLPs (recording)

Presenters: Vanessa Anderson-Smith, MS, CCC-SLP & Kelly Krueger, MA, CCC-SLP

As a private practice therapist with a background working in the school and early-intervention education settings, Vanessa will discuss the “how-to’s” of private practice and school based therapist collaboration for carryover of oral placement therapy.  Vanessa will detail how she has successfully joined forces with school-based SLPs and OTs to better serve mutual clients.  In addition to establishing a relationship between therapists, Vanessa will give a background and introduction on the foundations of OPT and various oral placement techniques that can be used with a variety of students in the school setting.

3. What’s the Buzz About: Orofacial Myofunctional Disorder (OMD) vs. Pediatric Feeding Disorder

Presenter: Robyn Merkel-Walsh, MA, CCC-SLP
Wednesday, June 27 | 6:30-8:30 p.m. EST
*available on-demand after live air date when you purchase a seat

Professionals working in the pediatric population can encounter a myriad of oral motor deficits such as poor oral rest posture, drooling, weak mastication, tongue thrust, distorted speech sounds and poor solid intake. Many therapists are posting signs and symptoms of these problems in social media groups looking for assessment and treatment advice. The latest buzz has been regarding differentiating an Orofacial Myofunctional Disorder (OMD) from a pediatric feeding disorder, especially in regard to age. For example, is orofacial myofunctional therapy appropriate in the infant population? This two hour webinar will explore the “buzz” words, hot topics, current evidence base and ASHA guidelines on these diagnoses. There will be information provided on the implications for clinical practices.

4. Practical Therapy Parameters for Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) Clients

Presenter: Robyn Merkel-Walsh, MA, CCC-SLP
Wednesday, July 11 | 6:00-8:00 p.m. EST
*available on-demand after live air date when you purchase a seat

Autism continues to be on the rise. According to the CDC, 1 in 59 children in the USA are on the autism spectrum. While many therapists recognize the need for tactile therapies in this population, they are left challenged due to complex sensory and behavioral issues that can cause interruptions in an oral placement and /or feeding program. In this webinar, Robyn will draw from one of her core workshops, “Solving the Puzzle of Autism: Using Tactile Therapy Techniques”, and dive deep into the principles of behavioral and sensory based strategies in order to assist therapists create productive therapy sessions.

5. Developing a Pre-Feeding Program: A Sensory Motor Approach

Presenter: Lori Overland, MS, CCC-SLP, C/NDT, CLC
Thursday, July 19 | 12:00-2:00 p.m. EST
*available on-demand after live air date when you purchase a seat

TalkTools Instructor Lori Overland will provide a theoretical foundation for developing a pre-feeding program based upon a task analysis of the motor skills for spoon feeding, solids, cup drinking and straw drinking. Functional goal-based exercises, applicable to a wide variety of populations, will be demonstrated.

6. Practical Tips and Strategies for Meal Planning and Prep

Presenter: Vanessa Anderson-Smith, MS, CCC-SLP
Wednesday, July 25 | 12:00-2:00 p.m. EST
*available on-demand after live air date when you purchase a seat

Vanessa Anderson-Smith will provide practical strategies for the parent/caregiver-therapist team to structure meal plans for all kiddos, including special needs.
Instruction will include identifying typical vs. atypical feeding patterns, and the importance of the parent/therapist partnership in developing a meal plan — including involvement of the family in meal preparation, proper nutrition and integrating individual and cultural perspectives.
An overview of sensory activity integration to further facilitate a positive mealtime experience will be presented.

7. Techniques for Teaching Vocalization on Command: Working with Clients Not Yet Imitating

Presenter: Renee Roy Hill, MS, CCC-SLP
Friday, July 27 | 2:00-4:00 p.m. EST
*available on-demand after live air date when you purchase a seat

TalkTools Instructor Renee Roy Hill will be focusing on practical strategies to develop initial vocalizations for clients who are not imitating speech sounds as a pre-requisite to shaping speech. Renee will discuss many of the reasons a child may not be vocalizing in therapy when requested. We will focus on specific techniques using a variety of strategies to include behavioral, tactile or pre-linguistic techniques.

8. Feeding and Speech Disorders: Focus on Pediatric Dysphagia

Presenter: Colette Ellis, M.Ed. CCC-SLP, BCS-S
Monday, July 30 | 2:00-4:00 p.m. EST
*available on-demand after live air date when you purchase a seat

TalkTools Instructor, Colette Ellis, will be expanding her Dysphagia Series by focusing on how swallowing disorders impact feeding in pediatric and adolescent clients. Instruction will include causes of swallowing disorders, swallowing test and assessment, and tools and techniques to facilitate successful feeding.

9. ABCs of Behavior: How to Manage Your Challenging Clients

Presenter: Renee Roy Hill, MS, CCC-SLP
Thursday, August 16 | 2:00-4:00 p.m. EST
*available on-demand after live air date when you purchase a seat

Based on recent feedback, many therapists are looking for positive solutions for managing difficult, resistant behaviors in clients to allow for productive therapy sessions. Based on her almost 2 decades as a speech-language pathologist, TalkTools Instructor, Renee Roy Hill, will provide first-hand scenarios from a variety of clients with challenging behaviors — as well looking as proven solutions that result in constructive and rewarding therapy sessions for the client and the therapist!

10. Why Can’t I Correct That Pesky Lisp?

Presenter: Robyn Merkel-Walsh, MA, CCC-SLP
Wednesday, August 29 | 2:00-4:00 p.m. EST
*available on-demand after live air date when you purchase a seat

Portrait of a little Asian baby child girl isolated on white background

TalkTools Instructor, Robyn Merkel-Walsh, has been talking about lisps since 1999. What causes them? Why are they so difficult to correct? What should a therapist do when after years of therapy, there is little progress? Robyn created the SMILE Program to focus on assessment and remediation of lisps. In this webinar, Robyn will teach therapists why a lisp is rarely a developmental speech sound disorder and she will entice therapists to look beyond the traditional approach. Robyn will target both frontal /interdental lisps, as well as lateral lisps which effect /s/ and /z/ sounds , as well as the placement of /t/, /d/, /n/, /l/, /r/, /∫/ , /t∫/ and /dз/. Robyn will provide strategies that speech therapists can immediately apply in their practice.

Save 15% & gain access to our Therapist Discussion Group Webinar when you register for 4 or more webinars using the coupon code SummerSchool18.

Happy learning!

Talktool admin 26 Jun 18

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