TalkTools Training

TalkTools® Levels OPT™ Specialist Training Program

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

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Empower Your Clients

Expand Your Network

Further Your Expertise

Specialized training from subject matter experts that can be applied right away with your clients starting with Level 1
Defined, sequencial path — from the fundamentals to advanced mastery of OPT™ techniques and strategies
Dynamic, collaborative learning model — participants are interactive contributors, learning and sharing among each other

4 Levels of Training

Requirements for each Level
LEVEL 1

Foundational

COMPLETION OF LEVEL 1 (4 steps)

  1. Levels™ Training application submission
  2. Completion of 3-Part Treatment Plan for OPT™ — our foundational OPT course 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™ self-study, virtual streaming or in-person workshop
  4. 3 months applied OPT™ techniques in your practice

COURSE COMPLETION AND CERTIFICATES:

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. The certificate of course completion DOES NOT VERIFY CERTIFICATION IN OPT™ and does not qualify individuals to advertise or promote themselves as officially recognized, qualified TalkTools® Levels-trained OPT™ Specialists. Only individuals who have completed Level 3 and Level 4 are officially recognized TalkTools® Levels-trained OPT™ Specialists
LEVEL 2

Intermediate

Continue your Levels Training journey with expanded OPT™ coursework in feeding therapy, speech therapy and the sensory system.

COMPLETION OF LEVEL 2 (5 steps)

  1. Levels™ Training application submission
  2. Completion of LEVEL 1 coursework
  3. Completed 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. 12 hours minimum additional TalkTools® courses — the following qualifies:
    • One 12-hour course OR a combination of shorter courses to equal 12 hours total
  5. 3 months applied OPT techniques in your practice

COURSE COMPLETION AND CERTIFICATES:

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. The certificate of course completion DOES NOT VERIFY CERTIFICATION IN OPT™ and does not qualify individuals to advertise or promote themselves as officially recognized, qualified TalkTools® Levels-trained OPT™ Specialists. Only individuals who have completed Level 3 and Level 4 are officially recognized TalkTools® Levels-trained OPT™ Specialists
LEVEL 3

OPT™ Specialist

Once you’ve completed your Level 1 and Level 2 coursework and have applied OPT™ techniques for at least 6 months, you qualify to APPLY for Level 3 Training.
The Level 3 Training Program is a multi-day, interactive workshop, limited to a small cohort of Level 2 learners. The cohort will work closely with the Instructor, who provides case studies and guides the candidates on critical thinking, evaluation strategies and OPT™ treatment plans.

ACCEPTANCE TO LEVEL 3 TRAINING

  1. Levels Training application submission
  2. Completion of Level 1 and Level 2 coursework
  3. 6 months of applied techniques in your practice (this includes 3 months applied techniques in Level 1 + 3 months applied techniques in Level 2)
  4. Pre-acceptance interview session with Levels™ Instructor

Upon completion of this Level, you will:

  • Receive your OPT™ Specialist Certificate, which certifies that you are an officially recognized and qualified TalkTools® Level 3 OPT™ Specialist
  • Be a member of the TalkTools® Levels OPT™ Therapist Global Network
  • Receive your Level 3 OPT™ Specialist badge to designate status in communications, marketing and client outreach
  • Receive special discounts on TalkTools® products and services
  • Be qualified to receive 1-on-1 mentoring from the TalkTools® Teaching Team
  • Be eligible to apply to the TalkTools® Instructor Training Program
  • Be primary contributor to the TalkTools® community for blog posts and articles and for feedback on new tools and training and other beneficial topics
LEVEL 4

OPT™ Advanced Specialist

Once you graduate from Level 3 and are an offically recognized OPT™ Specialist and have applied OPT™ techniques for at least 1 year, you qualify to APPLY for Level 4 Training
The Level 4 Training Program is a multi-day workshop, 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 

ACCEPTANCE TO LEVEL 4 TRAINING

  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

Upon completion of this Level, you are a recognized and qualified TalkTools® Advanced OPT™ Specialist and will:

  • Receive your Level 4 OPT™ Advanced Specialist Certificate, which certifies that you are an officially recognized and qualified TalkTools® Level 4 OPT™ Advanced Specialist
  • Be a senior member of the TalkTools® OPT™ Specialist Global Network
  • Receive your  Level 4 OPT™ Advanced Specialist badge to designate your status in communications, marketing and client outreach
  • Receive additional discounts on TalkTools® products and services
  • Be qualified to receive 1-on-1 mentoring from the TalkTools® Teaching Team
  • Be eligible to provide guidance to Level 1 and Level 2 therapists
  • Be eligible to apply to the TalkTools® Instructor Training Program
  • Be 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 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 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

You are not certified in OPT™ after you complete a TalkTools course.

COURSE COMPLETION AND CERTIFICATES: Learners receive a certificate of course completion after they complete a course. This certificate verifies that a learner has completed a course — they are not certified in OPT™.

The certificate of course completion does not qualify course participants to advertise or promote themselves as a recognized, qualified OPT™ Specialist. 

Only individuals who have completed Level 3 and Level 4 are recognized, qualified OPT™ Specialists.

    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

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

  1. completion previous levels
  2. advanced understanding of OPT™ principles and approaches
  3. 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