On May 2nd, I attended a TalkTools training! This course was taught by Sara Rosenfeld-Johnson, M.S., CCC-SLP and presented by the Down Syndrome Association of Greater Charlotte. I left this course with renewed enthusiasm about the field of Speech Language Pathology.
This course focuses on the fact that there is often a physical reason for articulation issues. Sara teaches the importance of using touch to teach as well as on the importance of using resistance and repetitions to improve muscle skills (speech/feeding) through Oral Placement Therapy (OPT).
I came back to to my work at Child and Family Development with new ideas, resources, and a desire to learn MORE! I look foward to attending more TalkTools courses, using my new strategies with my current clients, and educating other professionals and parents about this approach!
To learn more about this approach check out their website at http://www.talktools.com