The premiere of our brand-new live workshop, “Functional Assessment and Remediation of Tethered Oral Tissues (TOTs),” instructed by tongue-tie experts Robyn Merkel-Walsh, MA, CCC-SLP and Lori Overland, MS, CCC-SLP, C/NDT, CLC was held on Saturday, January 27 in Iselin, New Jersey.

With 87 people in attendance, the workshop was a great success that enlightened and inspired audience members. Feedback from attendees raved about the instructors, the topic, and the useful, instantly-applicable knowledge that they acquired.

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  • “This course was extremely valuable in many ways. It greatly improved my competence in identifying TOTS (e.g., buccal, lingual, labial) and treating patients with tethered oral tissues! I strongly recommend this to all!”
  • “I learned so much and I came away with so many ideas for clients. this really opened my eyes to something I didn’t really know much about. I have since joined Facebook groups about TOTs and have made connections with dentists, doctors, parents, and lactation consultants with prior knowledge of TOTs to use what I learned.”
  • “Truly great and I am SOOOOO incredibly grateful we got to have both presenters. I had not heard Robyn yet and was very impressed.”
  • “This course was extremely informative. I feel that I was immediately able to use what I learned.
  • “The course content was extremely relevant and useful to our scope of practice, both in the infant and child population. I appreciated the education on structure and function, how to assess if a TOT is impacting function, and the strategies used for treatment pre and post op. The PowerPoint provided was clear and easy to reference. Overall I felt this was a great course!”
  • “Great, very easy to use information.”
  • “Amazing workshop. So much knowledge and helpful for so many of my clients.
  • As an OT I found this course very informative. The majority of the content was applicable to my practice and I will be able to use it to identify TOT’s and advise families on the next course of action.”
  • “Excellent course! This information should be a requirement in graduate programs!”
  • “It was a great course, I learned a great deal and even used the information I learned on Monday at work!
  • “The practicum exercises were very functional and can be used in every day treatment.”
  • “Having both instructors was wonderful!! Their manner with delivery of content and questions is beautiful: it is a gift to be able to artfully teach to newbies and experienced folks with the same content and without assumptions or judgement.”
  • “I particularly appreciated the info on breastfeeding. Excellent slides! I did appreciate the review of use of materials for therapy along with new ideas for which to use tools.
  • “All the ready to do techniques immediately.”


After a successful first workshop, Robyn and Lori look forward to bringing this workshop to New YorkFlorida, and more — even as far as Oslo, Norway. With some suggestions for improvement included in the feedback as well, we do plan to continuously improve upon the TOTs workshop as we move forward.


New York, New York  LAST CALL
presented by Robyn Merkel-Walsh, MA, CCC-SLP
2 dates:
Saturday, February 24 – learn more & register

Sunday, February 25 – learn more & register

Orlando, Florida
presented by Robyn Merkel-Walsh, MA, CCC-SLP

Saturday, March 10 – learn more & register

Oslo, Norway
presented (in English) by Lori Overland, MS, CCC-SLP, C/NDT, CLC
hosted by BARNAS Språksenter

Thursday, 26 April – learn more & register

Robyn & Lori answering questions during break time


3 Ways to Learn about TOTs with TalkTools

Robyn and Lori’s TOTs book: Functional Assessment and Remediation of TOTs (pre-order now and save 50%!)

The Liper Device: Tongue training tool

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