What is Talk Tools?
Talk Tools is an oral motor placement therapy approach. The approach incorporates sensory and tactile input, by using a range of specifically designed tools. The multi sensory approach consists of a range of hierarchies and programmes to develop and strengthen key motor skills, such as Jaw stability, lip closure and tongue elevation and also to improve feeding skills.
The Talk Tools approach involves the therapist and family members/carers. A weekly home programme is devised, and requires commitment from the family/carers in order to gain the best outcomes.
Who uses Talk Tools?
Talk Tools therapists work with a range of clients and have had success in working with clients who have;
- Down Syndrome
- Cerebral Palsy
- Rare Syndromes including Rett Syndrome and Angelman Syndrome
- Autistic Spectrum Conditions
- Developmental Verbal Dyspraxia
- Feeding difficulties and/or dysphagia
Who can implement Talk Tools?
Talk tools can be implemented by a range of people including Speech and Language Therapists, Talk Tools Trained therapists, family members and carers.
Talk Tools is a very structured programme, with a clear criteria for success in order to progress through each stage of the hierarchy. In order to ensure an effective home programme is put in place, it is important to seek the advice of a Talk Tools Trained Speech and Language Therapist.
What to expect from a Talk Tools Therapist:
The Talk Tools trained therapist will:
- Assess your child’s sensory preferences and oral motor skills including strengths and weaknesses.
- Identify oral motor skills which need to be strengthened or improved.
- Create a ‘home programme’ detailing the tools to be used and the number of repetitions needed.
- Train the family members/carers to deliver the programme and state how often it should be done.
- Continually review the progress and provide updated home programmes.
For more information you can visit the Talk Tools website.
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Many of our Therapists are Talk Tool trained and can provide an initial assessment and home programme. Contact us to find out more or to arrange an initial appointment with one of our trained therapists.
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