We have developed our ‘Getting to grips with SLT’ blog series to help families and school clients to learn more about the specialist support that we can provide. This blog is all about the TalkTools approach.

What is TalkTools?

TalkTools is a therapy approach which was devised in the USA by an American Speech and Language Therapist called Sara Rosenfeld-Johnson. TalkTools is known as an Oral Placement Therapy which uses a combination of auditory, visual and tactile (touch) stimulation to support the development of speech. It can also be used to support early feeding development, as this and speech development go hand in hand.  

Who is TalkTools for?

TalkTools is beneficial for children and young people of many ages and abilities. It is especially helpful for people who find it challenging to access more traditional approaches focusing on speech. TalkTools can be used to support children and young people who have complex speech sound difficulties. We have had lots of success at The Talking House using TalkTools alongside traditional therapy approaches to support children and young people who have: 

  • Dyspraxia 
  • Dysarthria 
  • Cerebral Palsy 
  • Down’s Syndrome
  • Developmental delay
  • Hearing Impairment 
  • Complex needs  
  • Phonology delay and disorder
  • Autism Spectrum Condition  

This is not an exhaustive list, if your child has a diagnosis or needs which are not listed above, please feel free to get in touch to discuss whether TalkTools may be helpful with one of our therapists. 

How does it work?

TalkTools uses ‘tools’ and specific therapy activities to teach the feel of speech. It focuses on teaching children and young people where and how they need to make specific speech sounds. This makes it very effective when working with clients who find it challenging to produce or imitate speech sounds or have not had much success using more traditional therapy approaches.  

TalkTools works well alongside more traditional speech therapy activities and is never completed as a stand-alone activity. Homework activities are given to support continued practise at home, which supports the best outcomes. We advise parents to purchase specific ‘tools’ related to your child’s TalkTools programme so that your child has their own set and you are able to continue practise at home.   

During assessment and therapy sessions, your therapist may take short videos of your child’s speech during play or in conversation, with your consent, to allow further analysis outside of the session. This enables us to look at your child’s motor speech skills in as much depth as possible and helps us to form our recommendations.  

If we recommend using TalkTools in our therapy, we will work together with you to: 

  • Provide specific information about the nature of your child’s speech sound difficulty. 
  • Make recommendations and provide tailored therapy to support your child’s speech sound development. 
  • Advise which ‘tools’ to purchase to support your child’s TalkTools programme and will provide information on where you can purchase these.  
  • Provide advice and training on how you can support your child’s speech following their TalkTools programme at home 

Please see below for links to the profiles of our Speech and Language Therapists that are PROMPT trained:

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