Ask A Therapist: Horn Help

Hello, I purchased the TalkTools Parent Kit back in December, and have been implementing the oral placement therapy with the support of my daughter’s speech therapist since January. We are making great progress with the straws and the bite tubes, but have hit a road block with the horns. My daughter, who will be two years old next month… read more

Orofacial Myofunctional Disorders in Individuals with a Diagnosis of Down Syndrome

By: Robyn Merkel-Walsh MA, CCC-SLP Presentation of the Problem: Individuals with Down syndrome are at risk for what is known as Orofacial Myofunctional Disorders or OMD. OMD can impact the oral phase of feeding, oral resting postures and oral placement skills for speech clarity. OMD issues require tactile therapies which include Myofunctional and Oral Placement Therapy… read more

Ask A Therapist: Feeding Suggestions

Hi TalkTools, I was at the Feeding Therapy: A Sensory Motor Approach course Lori Overland taught in Manhattan this past January. I’ve been in love with using what I’ve learned and have even become a go-to feeding person at my school.   I have a low-toned girl who has tongue protrusion at resting but can keep her… read more

TalkTools at the NDSC Annual Convention

TalkTools is heading to the National Down Syndrome Congress Annual Convention this week in Phoenix. We hope to see many of you there! We have two tables where you can visit us to find out more information about our workshops, services, and products. We will be located at tables 410 and 412 (NDSC Floor Plan), and will have… read more

Ask A Therapist: Scheduling

Hello, I recently attended a Talk Tools training and have a question about how to implement the therapy. Specifically for children under the age of 2, what are the frequency and length of your sessions? Do you schedule weekly standing appointments, or do you schedule as needed to reassess after the child has made progress?… read more

Elizabeth: Overcoming The Unexpected

Learning something from a previous experience or mistake is a common thing in life.  We all do it.  But putting into action what you learned may take more effort.  I think this is common as well.  As I left off on the last blog, we were exiting second grade and a year that proved full… read more

Meet Our Team – Matthew

In this new feature, we will introduce you to a member of the TalkTools team and get to know a little more about them. Up first, is Matthew from the TalkTools warehouse! Matthew has had a pretty exciting week since he just turned 21. He celebrated with a party where he hung out with his friends.… read more

The DSCBA Makes a Big Impact

The Down Syndrome Connection of the Bay Area’s mission is to promote the unique contributions of children and adults with Down syndrome by providing direct services to them and their families, and to educate the general public by fostering inclusive and integrated involvement with the Down syndrome community and society at large. The DSCBA has put… read more

Ask A Therapist: Challenging Patient

Hi Talk Tools! I have taken your Three-Part Treatment Plan for Oral Placement Therapy class and have 3 of your books. I am using OPT within my practice and see positive results in my patients. I do have one patient who is very challenging. She is 16 years old, globally delayed and has a diagnosis of… read more