Teaching you the tools for independence   

Gemma Bond MSc., BCBA - Board Certified Behaviour Analyst &
 Certified Talk Tools Therapist 

Talk tools is a three part treatment plan that focuses on speech and feeding.  This therapy uses a combination of: 1, auditory stimulation, 2, visual stimulation and 3, tactile stimulation to the mouth to improve speech clarity.  Used to improve articulation awareness, placement, stability, and muscle memory, all of which are necessary for developing speech. Talk Tools can be used for all individuals with muscle based deficits.  I am one of only a few therapists in the U.K. qualified to conduct full evaluations in Talk Tools/Oral Placement Therapy.

Oral Placement Therapy for Developing Speech

Auditory and visual models of feedback and cueing of speech sounds often do not provide adequate input for those who demonstrate difficulty knowing how to produce specific sounds, and combine sounds in connected speech. Talk Tools Therapy focuses on proprioceptive-tactile input to attain phonetic placement (Bahr, Rosenfeld-Johnson, 2010) for speech production and appropriate feeding. 

The therapy focuses on first, evaluating the movement and placement of mouth structures for speech production, and appropriate feeding. A hierarchy of tactile-proprioceptive therapeutic exercises are then introduced to teach the targeted movements needed for speech and feeding – these include dissociation, grading and fixing of the jaw, lips and tongue. The exercises also work on increasing strength within the oral musculature. The exercises teach the child the ‘feel’ of speech such as where their jaw, lips and tongue are, while developing motor plans for speech and feeding. The long term aims of Talk Tools are:

To improve feeding skills.

To improve speech sound production and increase intelligibility.