Level I & Levell II Certification in Oral Placement Therapy

 

ABOUT TALKTOOLS

TalkTools was founded by Sara Rosenfeld-Johnson, MS, CCC-SLP in 1995.TalkTools trains over 5,000 therapists internationally and helps improve the lives of over 100,000 kiddos and families every year.

WHAT IS OPT?

Oral Placement Therapy is a speech & feeding therapy which utilizes a combination of: 1. auditory stimulation 2. visual stimulation 3. tactile stimulation to the mouth.

OPT targets speech-like movements by targeting oral structure placement.

OPT is a modern-day approach in which the therapist uses tools to shape the articulators in order to produce a target phoneme. Once the client can achieve the phonemes, the tools and cues are faded out and speech is worked on.

OPT is used to improve articulator awareness, placement (dissociation, grading, and direction of movement), stability, and muscle memory; all of these are necessary for the development of speech clarity.
The activities are carefully selected to stimulate the same movements used in the targeted speech production. They can be completed in under 15 minutes and can be used to refocus attention and concentration from a sensory processing perspective.

Improvements can be made in speech clarity at any age. Using the principles of motor learning (Maas, et al. 2008), muscle skills can improve regardless of age. The role of motor learning can be demonstrated by the fact that: a) our muscles and nervous systems continually adapt and compromise to changes in the environment; b) motor cortical re-organization occurs throughout life; c) this re-organization requires active repetitive training/ practice/ challenge and learning (Carnaby-Mann 2010).

 

WHO BENEFITS FROM OPT?

OPT can be used with individuals of many ages (from birth to geriatric/rehabilitative) and ability levels in diversified work settings including early intervention, schools,  hospitals, clinics, private practices, homes and assisted living facilities. Therapists and parents have found OPT to be effective with a variety of populations and diagnoses, including but not limited to adults and children having: Down syndrome, Autism, Cerebral Palsy, Childhood Apraxia of Speech, Tethered Oral Tissue, Moebius Syndrome, Cleft lip and palate, Motor based articulation speech disorders, Hearing loss, Upper body hypotonia, Dysphagia, Post CVA and Post Traumatic Brain Injury (dysarthria and/or Apraxia).

 

HOW DOES IT WORK?

OPT is supported by clinical data, patient feedback and the principles of motor learning and muscle physiology directly.

TalkTools provides the necessary tools, training and techniques to learn OPT and help your clients & kiddos.

LEVEL TRAINING PROGRAM

TalkTools exclusive LEVEL TRAINING PROGRAM is designed to provide professional therapists a clear path to qualify as TalkTools OPT (Oral Placement Therapy) Therapists.
LEVEL 1- 
Three-Part Treatment Plan for Oral Placement Therapy
COURSE DESCRIPTION:

TalkTools® innovative tactile-sensory approach uses therapy tools to train and transition muscle movements for speech production. Learn how 40 highly motivating motor activities can be used to improve phonation, resonation, and speech clarity.

This introductory course to OPT (Oral Placement Therapy) is the foundation for TalkTools training and is integrated throughout all of our courses. OPT is a type of oral-motor therapy that targets specific movements needed for speech and feeding. The “3 parts” of OPT are: auditory and visual sensory systems COMBINED WITH tactile — and proprioceptive — sensory systems. TalkTools training applies a unique, hierarchical approach to OPT, focused on a measurable, results-driven path for both therapists and clients across all ages and diagnoses with the goal of: speech clarity, improved feeding, independence and improved QUALITY OF LIFE.

This interactive, hands-on course includes highly motivating activities targeting the abdomen, velum, jaw, lips and tongue.
Techniques learned can be readily implemented across many therapy environments — private practices, hospitals, schools and home.

LEARNING OUTCOMES
  • Appropriately assess oral placement/feeding/speech problems based on muscle systems.
  • Integrate hierarchies for motor dissociation and grading (jaw-lips-tongue).
  • Plan programs of therapeutic intervention to address physiological and motor-based speech disorders.
  • Be able to apply at least 10 new therapy techniques.
  • Properly use oral placement techniques to improve individual speech clarity and production.
LEVEL 2- 
Assessment and Program Plan Development
COURSE DESCRIPTION:

Learn how to perform a comprehensive evaluation for clients with sensory, feeding and/or speech disorders following the principles of TalkTools® hierarchical approach to oral-motor assessment and treatment using the techniques learned in “A Three Part Treatment Plan to Oral Placement Therapy.”

This class will lead you, step-by-step, through the assessment process used with clients of varying ages and skill levels who evidence oral placement deficits. Participants will observe via videos, two complete assessment sessions and follow up treatment with clients from infancy to adult, and will learn how to identify oral-motor deficits that effect speech production.

Development of therapeutic program plans designed specifically to meet each client’s oral placement needs will be addressed. A live evaluation will be performed on the second day allowing participants to observe client skills, record observations on an assessment form and develop a therapeutic plan from these results. We are sure you will leave this session with advanced skills in assessment and program plan development for each client with oral placement needs.

LEARNING OUTCOMES 
  • Identify oral placement, sensory, feeding and/or speech deficits in a variety of clients and diagnoses.
  • Assess oral placement functioning of the jaw, lips, and tongue.
  • Design a step-by-step program plan based on the client’s oral-motor feeding and speech evaluation results.
  • Apply oral placement strategies, when appropriate, with infant, preschool, and school-aged children as a part of comprehensive speech and language therapy intervention.

 

ABOUT THE SPEAKER: Renee Roy Hill, MS-CCC,SLP

Renee Roy Hill has provided therapeutic assessments and program planning for adults and children with oral placement, feeding and motor speech deficits for over 17 years. She is the owner of Crossroads Therapy Clinic in New Braunfels, TX and a member of the TalkTools® speakers bureau. Renee has been an invited speaker for ASHA state conventions and has received specialized training in speech/oral-motor/feeding therapy, Apraxia, sensory processing disorders, Hanen Courses, NDT training, TAMO therapy and PROMPT. She is the creator of the TalkTools® Schedule Board Kit, co-author of Ice Sticks, and author of the TalkTools® Apraxia Program.
Specialisation- OPT, Apraxia

 

WHEN?

Level I- 21 & 22 Feb, 2019

Level II- 23 & 24 Feb, 2019

 

COURSE FEE:

(Inclusive of material worth $100 USD)
Fees: Level 1: INR 25000 till January 30.

Fees: Level 1: INR 28000 after January 30. 

Fees: Level 2: INR 25000 till January 30.

Fees: Level 2: INR 28000 after January 30. 

 

VENUE:

Hotel Ramada, Gurgaon

OPEN FOR:

All professionals working with children or adults having feeding or/and speech difficulties.

HOW TO APPLY:

Filled in registration forms and Fee Online Transfer, as per the given details below. 

CONTACT: 

msamnani77@gmail.com  , 9910199925, 9910199877, 9810887523