Annabelle 12 Months Eating Food and Straw Drinking

We have come a long way in the past several months, particularly since we teamed up with TalkTools to help provide therapy for our daughter Annabelle, who has Down syndrome. We love the progress our daughter has made in the past 12 months. She is so happy and lively, and frankly, we are too. She… read more

ESSD Study Poster

So excited that we were able to have a small part in this study. This poster was peer reviewed and accepted at the ESSD conference in Belgium. Special thanks to Karen van der Walt, who included this in her studies at Trinity College in Dublin, and the study participants for their time and effort.… read more

Ask a Therapist: Bite Tube Hierarchy

Dear Talk Tools, My son, David, is 4 years old and has Down Syndrome. He has in the last year started chewing on his tongue? I have tried giving him the P & Q to chew on and also the Gator Jigglers. The Gator works for a time and the P’s and Q’s do not… read more

Ask a Therapist: Therapy Cards and Chewy Tubes

Hi Sara, I am Jonathan’s speech therapist, his Mom and I had a few questions for you. 1. When working with your therapy cards should we provide jaw support due to his jaw sliding or just stay on lower level cards that don’t cause his jaw to slide until his jaw strengthens from the opt… read more

It’s Not a Sprint, It’s A Marathon: Elizabeth Begins Therapy

The words did start to come but they were words that required a great deal of work to understand or as in the case of many, they required me to translate. I remember how it was to automatically have the person to whom Elizabeth was speaking turn to look at me as if to say… read more

Ask a Therapist: Tongue Tip Position for /s/ and /z/

Hi Sara, My friend Diane told me that you have been exploring alternate tongue positions for sibilants and recommended that I ask you the following question: Assuming there are no airway issues, how important is it to correct the resting posture of the tongue in order to enable correct production of sibilants? I am working… read more

Ask a Therapist: Straws and Tongue Placement

Hi Sara. I have taken your Oral Placement course and you currently have devised a plan regarding this program for my son Cole. I have a question however it is regarding something I am seeing in treatment(I am an OT) when using the straw program. I have a patient who has down syndrome, 6 months… read more

Baby T and Her Ties.

When our daughter was born with a tongue and lip tie, we were presented with a problem that we didn’t know how to address. Breastfeeding is important to us and we really wanted to give it our best effort. Feeling overwhelmed after having an unsuccessful tongue tie revision, we turned to Lori and the TalkTools… read more

Annabelle 11 Months

We are so proud! Annabelle is 11 months old and is doing a wonderful job. We really have no cause for concerns because she has taken so well to her therapy. She is typically quite happy when we do the exercises with her. I am continuing to do her oral motor exercises 2-3 times a… read more