Having a family member with a communication difficulty was my initial reason for developing an interest in speech therapy and later, pursuing it as a career path and eventually becoming completely passionate about serving families with loved ones experiencing communication disorders.

Working in a country that is underserved for speech therapists saw me needing to devise sustainable solutions in order to continue serving my clients whilst avoiding the burn-out. Close to 10 years ago, I began recruiting and training speech therapist assistants. I started with 1 and grew from there. To date, I continue to work with speech therapist assistants, which has seen me be able to duplicate myself, so to speak, extend our services to more and more families and free me up to do more of the things I couldn’t do when I had back to back cases, therapy-planning, reports, etc.

However, as the number of speech therapist assistants grew and the number of clients we were serving, a new problem, or as I like to look at it, a new solution begging to be discovered, presented itself. Each time I recruited new assistants, I needed to train them on the same content I had trained previous assistants on. In addition, I did not mind my older assistants getting a refresher on what they had already received training in, but they were not always available at the time I was running the training.

As my clinic grew and got busier, it became increasingly difficult to gather everyone in the same space at the same time in order for me to run a training. Besides, I also needed to devise a way of not running repeat training sessions.

Enter STTOTS, our Membership Site.

STTOTS is a dream come true for me in many ways;
It’s a way for me to leverage my time better by not running the same training over and over again
It allows for the training to be accessible on demand by any of my staff
For the first time, it gives me the opportunity to make the training I offer my staff available to anyone else who would like to learn how to implement best practice when working with persons with a communication disorder
It is also my small contribution to knowledge creation in the field of speech therapy particularly in regions that have a shortage of speech therapists

It is not unusual for a situation such as finding yourself having to first, understand your loved one’s communication challenges, then get yourself in a position to help them improve their skills, to start to find yourself interested in learning more. Even perhaps see yourself becoming really passionate about whatever it is your loved one is finding challenging.

For this reason, STTOTS can be consumed by professionals as well as people with no qualification in speech therapy. So yes, even you the parent of a child with a communication disorder.

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STTOTS has a collection of recorded as well as ‘live’ webinars, videos, therapy demonstrations, downloadables and therapy resources/ recommendations, all aimed at equipping you with the necessary tools and ideas to transform your therapy sessions with children with communication disorders.

And this collection is growing!

The collection of training material is organised under broad topics such as;
Language Therapy (for 0-2; 2-3; 3-4 and 4-5 year olds)
Clinical Assessment
Cleft Speech Therapy
Articulation (Speech) Therapy
Stuttering (Stammering) Therapy
Literacy (Reading)
etc.

Each topic contains the following training resources:

Webinars (me giving the lecture ‘live’)
Video training
Video demonstrations (demos)
Downloadables
Quizzes and exams

Each topic contains a series of lectures designed to be consumed in the format suggested starting with a pre-test, lecture 1 to however many lectures and 1 or 2 quizzes in between. Each topic culminates in an examination, which upon successful completion, earns you a certificate.

The final examination is not compulsory!

How it Works

Depending on which membership type you sign up for (monthly; quarterly; bi-annually; yearly), you will gain access to the training material correlated to your type of membership.

You can choose to renew your membership before the expiration period if paying through M-PESA/ PESA PAL, etc. or we could automatically renew it for if paying through a bank card (credit or debit card). Note that with auto-renew, you can end your subscription at any time.

How it Works

What is a membership site?

A membership site is a website where content is restricted unless you are paid up to date on your chosen subscription (monthly; yearly, etc.)

Who is eligible to become a STTOTS member?

Speech Therapy Totos Online Training School is suited to speech therapists, speech therapist assistants, teachers (class; shadow; learning support; special needs) as well as parents interested in gaining the knowledge required to offer therapy to children who are having communication difficulties.

The training material can be consumed by persons with no prior speech therapy training as well as qualified speech therapists in need of continuing education opportunities or requiring specialist training in specific speech and language therapy areas.

What does a STTOTS membership entitle me to?

As a member of Speech Therapy Totos Online Training School, you can access the growing training resources comprising webinars, videos, demos, quizzes and any eligible downloadables.

How does the pricing work?

Depending on the membership type of choice (monthly; quarterly; bi-annually; yearly), you will be set up on a payment plan via your credit or debit plan and your card will be charged the amount corresponding to your chosen plan. Should you choose not to cancel your membership, you will not be billed at the next billing cycle.

How does the certification work?

Once you complete all the training module/topic, you can request to sit a final examination. The exam is more comprehensive than the quizzes, is timed and will be marked by me. If you score the minimum mark, you will receive a Speech Therapy Totos certificate of completion.

Should you not score the minimum marks, you are eligible to do 1 more re-sit to get a certificate.

The examination is charged a separate amount. More information can be found under the ‘examination’ unit.

You DO NOT have to do an examination if you do not require a certificate of completion.

What happens if I no longer want to access the STTOTS membership site?

We will be sad to see you go, however, you are free to cancel at any time and there is no cancellation fees charged.

Is there pricing for group memberships?

Yes. We can arrange for a group of members to join STTOTS. Please get in touch with us at membership@speechtherapytotos.com to inquire about group discounts for schools or organisations.

The benefit of a group membership other than the group discount is that each member will have their own unique log in details and therefore more accountability and opportunity to gain independent certificates of completion. 

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