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Ask a Therapist: Stretching the Lingual Frenum

Hi Sara The question I had was in regard to the article you have on your website, “Effective Exercises for a Short Frenum” You discuss stretching the frenum by using the Bite-Touch exercise as described in the book, Oral-Motor Exercises for Speech Clarity. I have the second edition of the book copyrighted 2001 and cannot… read more

Annabelle Conclusion

The past 12 months have taken us on a new and unexpected journey. We are so blessed to have the support of many as we reflect on Belle’s 1st year. At the top of our support list would be our inspiring Therapist, Whitney, as well as the knowledgeable staff at TalkTools. They have enabled us… read more

Ask a Therapist: A Therapeutic Alternative to Mouthing Habits

Hi Sara, It has been awhile since we have seen you in Richmond! James is doing well. His speech seems pretty normal to us at this point (maybe some subtle things remaining). I was emailing with a related question, and hoping that you can point us in the right direction. James has had some issues in the… read more

Ask a Therapist: Biting and Feeding Improvement

Hi and Good Morning! I am writing from Israel, I have participated in your course that you have presented in November in Jerusalem. Thank Goodness I have been using many of your techniques to assist my clients and I have seen success. Sara, I have an important question to ask regarding an adorable child, Charlie. I will… read more

Seeing the Trees in the Forest: Elizabeth Grows Beyond Expectations

I can remember that I was living so deeply “in the forest” this year that I did not “see the trees” I was so deep in concentrating on Elizabeth’s sensory needs, her therapies and their follow-ups at home as well as our older daughter’s needs and well…LIFE that I don’t think I looked up to… read more

Ask a Therapist: Pre-feeding Suggestion

Hi, I was interested in a couple of your products and what would be suitable for both of my daughters. Anne is 5 and a half and has autism. She has been doing a son rise program for over a year. We have seen some great progress with her responsiveness and social skills, but the… read more

Ask a Therapist: OPT and Bite Block Heirarchy for Trismus

Sara, I have an adult woman who has had surgery for oral cancer and has had resection of right hard palate. I have been treating her for trismus using the TheraBite. This has work successfully as she was able to wear an obdurator. She is now at a point where she can no longer wear… read more

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