TalkTools Training

TalkTools® exclusive training program is the only officially recognized advanced training program for OPT (Oral Placement Therapy)™ available

Grow Your Practice

Empower Your Clients

Expand Your Network

Further Your Expertise

Application is required even if you started some or all Lower Level (Level 1/Level 2) coursework

4 Levels of Training

Lower Level

LEVEL 1

Foundational

  1. Levels Training application submission
  2. Completion of 3-Part Treatment Plan for OPT™ — our foundational OPT course FORMATS: self-study, virtual streaming or in-person workshop
  3. Completion of OPT: Assessment and Program Plan Development™ ––apply what you’ve learned to build your own OPT Program™. FORMATS: self-study, virtual streaming or in-person workshop
  4. 3 months direct application or immersive observation of  OPT™ techniques in your practice or on your team (depending upon your professional role on your team)

All TalkTools learners receive a CERTIFICATE OF COURSE COMPLETION after they complete a TalkTools® course — this certificate verifies they have completed a TalkTools course and can integrate the OPT™ techniques and principles they learned in their therapy practice.

Level 1 is compromised of our foundational OPT™ courses in the following formats:

  • — on-demand/self-study
  • — in-person on a scheduled date/time
  • — virtual streaming (ex., Zoom) on a scheduled date/time

This is what you get from Level training:

  • — acquire practical techniques that be utilized with the speech and feeding team right away
  • — gain functional, straightforward concepts that can be implemented with other therapy approaches
  • — be equipped to move forward on their TalkTools® educational journey

Lower Level

LEVEL 2

Intermediate

  1. Levels™ Training application submission
  2. Completion of LEVEL 1 coursework
  3. Completion of at least 1 (ONE) course among the courses listed below (all courses listed are 12 hours instructional time) — available formats: live virtual streaming, onsite/in-person or self-study/on-demand formats:
  4. 6 hours minimum additional TalkTools® courses — the following qualifies:
  5. 3 months direct application or immersive observation of  OPT™ techniques in your practice or on your team (depending upon your professional role on your team)

All TalkTools learners receive a CERTIFICATE OF COURSE COMPLETION after they complete a TalkTools® course — this certificate verifies they have completed a TalkTools course and can integrate the OPT™ techniques and principles they learned in their therapy practice

Level 1 is compromised of our specialty courses in the following formats:

  • — on-demand/self-study
  • — in-person on a scheduled date/time
  • — virtual streaming (ex., Zoom) on a scheduled date/time

Upon completion of Level 2 coursework, you can expect to:

  • — develop a broader practical knowledge and proficiency in OPT™
  • — gain additional knowledge and training in key therapeutic areas, such as feeding, sensory regulation, and speech disorders
  • — continue to empower their clients and the families they serve
  • — further your TalkTools education to prepare for Level 3

Upper Level

LEVEL 3

TalkTools® OPT™ Specialist

  1. Levels™ Training application submission
  2. Completion of Level 1 and Level 2 coursework
  3. 6 months direct application or immersive observation of  OPT™ techniques in your practice or on your team (depending upon your role) — this includes 3 months in Level 1 + 3 months in Level 2
  4. Pre-acceptance interview session with Levels™ Instructor

The Level 3 Training Program:

  • — a multi-day, interactive workshop (either virtual streaming — i.e., Zoom — or in-person).
  • — limited to a small cohort of Level 2 learners.
  • — The cohort will work closely with the Instructor to review client case studies and guide the candidates on critical thinking, evaluation strategies and OPT™ treatment plans.
  • — A pre-workshop self-study and training module will also be part of the training

This is what you get from Level 3 Training:

  • — Expanded oral-motor, speech and feeding knowledge to further empower your clients and their families
  • — Additional insight for referrals
  • — Growth in critical thinking skills
  • — Understanding and applying the “team approach” in your practice
  • — Immersive, collaborative learning experience with other committed and passionate professional and led by top speech and feeding therapists and OPT™ experts
  • — Level 3 OPT™ Specialist Certificate, which certifies that you are an officially recognized and qualified TalkTools® Level 3 OPT™ Specialist
  • — Member of the TalkTools® Levels OPT™ Therapist Global Network
  • — Level 3 OPT™ Specialist badge to designate status in communications, marketing and client outreach
  • — Special discounts and offers on TalkTools® products and services
  • — 1-on-1 mentoring from the TalkTools® Teaching Team
  • — Eligible to apply to the TalkTools® Instructor Training Program
  • — Contributor to the TalkTools® community for blog posts and articles and for feedback on new tools and training and other beneficial topics

Upper Level

LEVEL 4

TalkTools® OPT™ Advanced Specialist

  1. Levels™ Training application submission
  2. Completion of Level 1 and Level 2 coursework
  3. Completion of Level 3 Training
  4. Officially Recognized OPT™ Specialist
  5. 2 years+ of applied techniques in your practice
  6. Pre-acceptance Q&A interview with Levels Instructor

The Level 4 Training Program:

  • — is a multi-day workshop (either virtual streaming — i.e., Zoom — or in-person).
  • — is limited to a small cohort of Level 3 OPT™ Specialists
  • — The cohort will provide their own OPT™ case studies and, together with the Instructor, will engage in interactive, collaborative discussions on how build comprehensive assessment and treatment plans.
  • — The cohort will learn from each other, as well as the Instructor.
  • — A pre-workshop self-study and training module will also be part of the training.

This is what you get from Level 4 Training:

  • — Share your Level 3 experience and expertise to brainstorm practical solutions to tough case studies in real-time with other like-minded Level 3 peers in a supportive and collaborative environment
  • — Extensive and direct speech and feeding knowledge, skills and expertise to empower your clients, their families and enrich your community
  • — Exclusive, personal cohort-led learning experience, guided by top speech and feeding therapists and OPT™ experts. 
  • — Level 4 OPT™ Advanced Specialist Certificate, which certifies that you are an officially recognized and qualified TalkTools® Level 4 OPT™ Advanced Specialist
  • — Senior member of the TalkTools® OPT™ Specialist Global Network
  • — Level 4 OPT™ Advanced Specialist badge to designate your status in communications, marketing and client outreach
  • — Expanded discounts and exclusive offers on TalkTools® products and services
  • — 1-on-1 mentoring from the TalkTools® Teaching Team
  • — Provide guidance to Level 1 and Level 2 therapists
  • — Eligible to apply to the TalkTools® Instructor Training Program
  • — Serve as a principal contributor to the TalkTools® community for blogs, articles and on feedback on new tools and training and other beneficial topics

Application is required

Even if you have completed some or all lower level (Level 1 and Level 2) coursework.

FAQs

Level 1 and Level 2 (lower Levels) are considered prerequisite courses for Level 3 and Level 4 (upper Levels)

Level 1 includes our foundational OPT™ courses.

Level 2 includes our intermediate specialty courses

Level 3 OPT™ Specialist training is s a multi-day workshop, limited to a small cohort of professionals who have completed Level 2 . The cohort will work closely with the Instructor, who provides case studies and guides the discussion on evaluation strategies and OPT™ treatment plans

The Level 4 Advanced OPT™ Training Program is a multi-day workshop, limited to a small cohort of Level 3 OPT™ Specialists. The cohort will provide their own case studies and, together with the Instructor, will engage in interactive, collaborative discussions on how build comprehensive assessment and treatment plans. The cohort will learn from each other, as well as the Instructor. 

NOTE: Completion of Level 1 and Level 2 does NOT qualify you as a TalkTools OPT™ Specialist. You must complete at least Level 3

    1. Review the requirements for each Level (see above)
    2. Submit your application (TalkTools staff will make every effort to notify you of your acceptance status within 45 days of submission)
    3. Complete Level 1 and Level 2 coursework and apply the OPT™ techniques you have learned with your clients
    4. After completing Level 1 and Level 2 coursework, inquire about Level 3 training
    5. After completing Level 3 training, enquire about Level 4 training

Anyone who is interested in expanding their OPT™ knowledge, empowering their clients and growing their practice may apply to this educational training. Some professionals on the speech and feeding team who may be interested in and benefit from this training include:

    • Speech Language Pathologist
    • Occupational Therapist
    • Behavioral Therapist
    • Lactation Counselor (CLC/IBCLC)
    • Orofacial Myologist/Certified Orofacial Myologist (COM)
    • Pediatric Educator
    • Feeding Therapist
    • Dietician/Nutritionist
    • Swallowing/ Dysphagia Specialist

Obtaining relevant education and training as it applies to professional growth and knowledge can allow for a more thorough understanding of the client and a holistic, collaborative and cooperative approach to assessment and treatment options across your team.

The roles, responsibilities, procedures, actions and processes for medical professionals are determined by the terms of their license, as dictated by the licensing bodies in their area/jurisdiction.

  1. completion previous levels
  2. advanced understanding of OPT™ principles and approaches
  3. observation and/or demonstration of OPT™ techniques in a clinical setting
  4. critical thinking
  5. independent decision-making
  6. interview with Levels Instructor
  7. ability/availability to travel to in-person training

Yes! We encourage learners who are who are passionate about OPT™ and are thinking about becoming a TalkTools® OPT™ Specialist to apply at any point during their educational journey with  us — whether they are just starting out or they have taken several courses.

Once you review the requirements, you may be closer to Level 3 training than you think!

Application is required to be acceptance to the Levels Training Program

The TalkTools® Levels Training Program has been an intregal part of our education and outreach focus since the beginning and continues to support our mission: To make a contribution to the world by improving the lives of those with disabilities and their families.