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Ask a Therapist: Unsupervised Chewing

Hello, My patient was evaluated by you in June of 2014.  We are currently using the red chewy tube and yellow chewy tube in therapy and at home to improve jaw strength and stability.  However, the patient is now seeking ‘input’ orally- especially with chewing, now more than ever before.  How can we support this… read more

Ask a Therapist: Vocalic /r/

Hi Ms. Rosenfeld- Johnson, I took your oral placement technique course in New York a few weeks ago. I have a few clients who have difficult with the /r/ and tried out the robot technique. A lot of those same kids also have trouble producing the glottal fry — do you have any pointers for… read more

Ask a Therapist: Greetings From Finland!

Tervehdys! I am speech pathologist from Finland, took your class about Feeding Therapy: a sensory-motor approach at Helsinki last May. I am sending you an e-mail, because I met a new client shortly after the class and this case really bothers me. I have asked permission from parents, to send this e-mail and pictures/short video… read more

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