family time

I was reading a post on a social media site this week as I am part of a few special need parent groups. The post was from a mom who talked about her daughter and this daughter would do “gr...

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Talktool admin 20 Jul 20

quarantine tales continued

What have Anna and I been up to during quarantine?  Besides therapy, we actually tried to make the best of our time.  Although before, we were doing activities such as swimming, horseback ...

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Talktool admin 09 Jul 20

making the most of tactile teletherapy

By: ROBYN MERKEL-WALSH, MA, CCC-SLP/COM®   The biggest challenge for many therapists was “How in the world do I do oral motor , feeding or orofacial myofunctional therapy via telepra...

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Talktool admin 10 Jun 20

journey back to normal

Isn’t it something how we all went from our various shelter in place orders to seeing our worlds open up and now it is summer! In Ohio, we get all 4 seasons so we happily greet the changes...

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Talktool admin 09 Jun 20

functional improvements of speech, feeding, and sleep after lingual frenectomy tongue-tie release: a prospective cohort study

Original article is posted here. Authors: Richard Baxter, DMD, MS, Robyn Merkel-Walsh, MA, CCC-SLP/COM, Barbara Stark Baxter, MD, FACP, Ashley Lashley, BS, and Nicholas R. Rendell, MSc, PhD ...

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Talktool admin 01 Jun 20

the new normal

We have now been in the lockdown for close to 60+ days.  I have such a hard time believing that it has been that long but at the same time,   IT  HAS BEEN  THAT  LONG. Things we left b...

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Talktool admin 15 May 20

the teletherapy tales

Anna has been adjusting to her new routine.  When I say it’s time to do speech therapy, instead of heading to the door, she heads straight upstairs to the computer.  We have been doing o...

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Talktool admin 14 May 20

“the exceptional child: empowered!” updates

TalkTools has been approved as a Corporate Level CEU Provider with the American Academy of Dental Hygiene!  TalkTools joins such respected organizations as the American Dental Hygienists&#...

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Talktool admin 23 Apr 20

finding good among the bad

At home life with Anna has been quite interesting. It’s been a bit difficult because of course, she has no clue why we can’t go outside anymore. She has no clue why we haven’t been goi...

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Talktool admin 14 Apr 20

something that makes you happy

As I write this I am sitting with some ice on my left knee.  Why the ice? Well, it all started in October with a poorly planned turn of direction on my part which resulted in a twist of my ...

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Talktool admin 13 Apr 20