Are You in Need of a Speaker?

If you are looking for a speaker or speakers who are practical, interactive with the audience, knowledgeable in their fields, and who have a deep passion for enhancing the speech and language skills of young children, you have come to the right place. Whether it be a staff development workshop, a state convention, a parent training workshop, or other continuing education conference, Rachel Arntson from Talk It Rock It and Lani Popp and Megan Rhoden from Talking Tunes can provide you a full day workshop, half-day workshop, keynote, or break-out session. Rachel, Lani, and Megan enjoy presenting to speech-language pathologists, special education teachers, early intervention providers, early childhood educators, parents, daycare providers, pre-school teachers, college students majoring in speech-language pathology, and others working with young children.
Please see their bios, contact information, and seminar topics below.


Rachel Arntson’s Biography

Rachel ArntsonRachel Arntson, MS, CCC, has been a Speech-Language Pathologist in the greater Minneapolis, Minnesota area since 1980. Since 1991 she has worked in early childhood special education in the Osseo School District in Maple Grove, MN where she provides family-centered speech and language intervention to infants and toddlers in their homes. Rachel is creator of all Kids’ Express Train products, co-founder of the company, Kids’ Express Train, and sole owner and creator of Talk It Rock It, LLC, a company dedicated to providing products and seminars for enhancing speech and language skills in young children. Her passion for music and fun as therapy tools is reflected in both her products and presentations.  For more information on Rachel Arntson, Kids’ Express Train, and Talk It Rock It products, please visit

About Rachel Arntson’s Speaking History and Style

Rachel Arntson, M.S., CCC, Speech-Language Pathologist, has been speaking to groups on a variety of speech and language topics throughout her career. She has presented in 25 states, Canada, and Ireland, all while continuing to maintain a full-time job in early intervention with the Osseo School District in Maple Grove, Minnesota. She has presented to standing-room-only crowds at the American Speech and Hearing Association (ASHA) national convention for the past 6 years, to the Division of Early Childhood’s International Conference On Young Children With Special Needs & Their Families, and was an invited speaker to the ASHA Health and Business Institute. She has presented a live webinar for ASHA entitled Music and Autism – Connections in a Disconnected World which is still available through the ASHA website, . In addition, she presents for Northern Speech Services and at state conventions throughout the country.

Rachel is best known for her seminars on using music to enhance speech and language skills in children. She also presents her 9 WE CAN TALK speech and language techniques to use with parents, as well as her therapy format and techniques that she uses daily in her work with children and families. Rachel’s seminars are filled with practical examples, personal stories, humor, and an excellent combination of back-round research and functional practice.



Rachels Seminar Topics

Listed below are some of the seminar titles and descriptions she has presented in the past several years. She is willing to adapt her seminars to fit the needs of your group.

Music, Music, Music, Use It, Use It, Use It


This seminar will describe the benefits of using music to enhance speech and language skills in young children. Attend this practical and entertaining workshop presented by speech-language pathologist Rachel Arntson as she shares how she uses music to transform children from silent observers to active verbal partners. Children with diagnoses including childhood apraxia of speech, autism, and articulation and language delays can all benefit from songs that are packed with speech/language techniques. The focus of this seminar is multi-faceted – covering treatment approaches, case studies, songs, and research to illustrate the power of music for improving language skills, interaction, and speech imitation/articulation. You’ll also learn song-writing techniques so that you can create your own! The philosophy of this presenter is that people learn best when sessions are presented with active participation and fun. This seminar can also include a Make and Take activity where participants can create unlimited posters to use with the songs they learn during the day.

7 Communication Skills - A Systematic but Flexible Therapy Format
(formerly known as Kids’ Express Train – Training Kids to Express Themselves)


7 Communication Skills, a family-friendly intervention program, can be an effective format for all children regardless of their speech and language needs, delays, or disorders. Seven communication skills will be presented as well as simple acronyms to explain these skills to families and others working with children. This seminar focuses on practical activities and specific speech and language techniques related to the seven communication skills: WATCHFUL, INTENTIONAL, NOISY, TURN TAKE, IMITATE, RESPOND, INITIATE. This session is interactive, engaging, and most of all PRACTICAL! Rachel will share her love and enthusiasm for making therapy an enjoyable and effective activity for all participants.



9 simple strategies for enhancing your child’s speech and language skills Are you looking for practical ideas to give a boost to your child’s speech and language skills? Speech-Language Pathologist Rachel will share 9 communication strategies that she uses daily in her work with young children. The letters of WE CAN TALK will serve as an acronym for this workshop and can be applicable to any child regardless of his/her speech and language skills. Rachel believes that improving speech and language skills in children is most effective when parents are given practical tools to use during their daily routines and play.

Music and Autism


Connections in a Disconnected World The use of music to teach children with autism is widespread, but there is little research in speech-language pathology proving its power. This program gives an overview of current music research and principles for using music in speech and language therapy. You will get practical strategies for using music and songs to promote growth in attention, engagement, social skills, imitation, following directions, answering and asking questions, commenting, increasing vocabulary, and learning daily routines.

When Words Fail, Music Speaks for Young Children with Apraxia/Articulation Disorders


Young children with developmental apraxia or severe articulation disorders have significant difficulty blending sounds to produce words and phrases. This essential skill of sound blending occurs very naturally in music. The focus of this seminar is multi-faceted – covering research, treatment approaches, case studies, and songs to illustrate how music can be an effective tool for young children struggling to produce intelligible speech. If desired, specific discussion of Spanish speaking children will also occur in light of the frequent multi-syllabic structures of many Spanish words.



Let’s Get Serious About This How do you interact with and truly reach children of all ages? This session challenges you to look at what makes children laugh. Let’s review research on the power of laughter, its relationship to learning, and then focus on the crucial power of laughter in therapy with children and families.

What have others said about Rachel’s seminars?

Attendee at the South Dakota Speech-Language and Hearing Association State Convention

Because of the way Rachel presents material, in such a disarming, comfortable, entertaining way, it’s difficult to call it a seminar, presentation, or symposium. It’s more like, “Let’s get together as friends over coffee and talk over some ideas for a while.” That is what is wonderful about Rachel’s seminars. Robert Froke,M.A.,CCC-A, FAAA (Fellow of the American Academy of Audiology), past president of the South Dakota Speech Language Hearing Association


I had the pleasure of attending your presentation this past month in Calgary, AB. As a mom of a three-year-old boy with Down Syndrome, I enjoyed it very much and found it very informative, useful, and fun!

Speech-Language Pathologist from Illinois 

There aren’t enough words to express how much your presentations enriched my professional life at the ISHA Convention this past weekend. Thank you for presenting at our convention and for your sharing your wonderful information with us.

Attendees at the Autism Resource Network, Reaching and Teaching Young Children with ASD through Music and Play, Eden Prairie, Minnesota –

The best workshop I’ve ever attended! I LOVED all the great, practical examples and all of your helpful stories, videos, and music. I was also very pleasantly surprised to get more information on phonological treatment strategies through the use of music. Cherie Berg
Rachel has a talent in keeping her audience entertained while “teaching.” I know I will more than likely retain this information for a very long time due to the new memories I now have associated with using music as a teaching tool.
Rachel is a wonderful and energetic presenter. I love her ideas and openness. It’s easy to take her ideas and find ways to apply them immediately. Parker Deen

Attendee at the California Speech and Hearing Association State Convention 

I want to commend you on your FABULOUS presentation on Sunday at CSHA. I had missed your presentation on Saturday and everyone was raving about it so much that I just had to go to your Sunday session. Thanks SO much! I’m so glad I listened to everyone! Your presentation was practical, energetic, fun, and down to earth. I can’t tell you how much I loved it. If only more people in our profession were as willing to expose themselves and teach actual intervention with real, live examples. You are truly amazing. Keep up the great work! Susan Thomsen, Speech-Language Specialist, CCC-SLP

Talking Tunes Seminars

Music Therapy is an established healthcare profession that uses music to address physical, emotional, cognitive, and social needs of individuals of all ages. Music therapy improves the quality of life for persons who are well and meets the needs of children and adults with disabilities or illnesses. Music therapy interventions can be designed to:
• Promote wellness
• Manage stress
• Alleviate pain
• Express feelings
• Enhance memory
• Improve communication
• Promote physical rehabilitation.

Research in music therapy supports its effectiveness in a wide variety of healthcare and educational settings.

Lani Popp and Megan Rhoden are available to speak at your next conference or workshop. Demonstrations in the following areas include the following:
• Identify why music enhances the learning process and facilitates speech production
• Structure a speech therapy lesson using music to realize speech and language goals
• Identify the structure and components of music that make it appropriate for use in therapy
• Determine which student population would benefit from a music-based therapy program
• Incorporate movement, signs, visual supports, and manipulatives into a session…

Owners of Talkin’ Tunes:
Lani Popp, M.S., CCC-SLP
Megan Rhoden, MT-BC

To contact Talking Tunes, please call (210) 401-3722, email us at, or go to our website at

Megan Rhoden Biography

Megan Rhoden

Megan Rhoden is a Board Certified Music Therapist at Northside Independent School District in San Antonio, TX. She received her Bachelor’s of Arts in Music Therapy at the University of the Incarnate Word and completed her internship at Methodist Children’s Hospital in San Antonio. She has practiced music therapy in hospitals, clinics, day treatment centers, private schools, and currently in the public school system. She works with special needs children and trains educators to incorporate music therapy strategies into their programs. She also teaches private piano lessons to students in their homes. Megan has been married to her wonderful husband, Kevin for four years, who is currently teaching high school math.


Lani Popp Biography

Lani PoppLani Popp is an ASHA certified speech pathologist working at Kuentz Elementary School in the Northside Independent School District in San Antonio, Texas. She received her BS in Education and MS in Speech Pathology from Baylor University. Lani has over fifteen years of experience working with pre-school through High School students, successfully incorporating music into her therapy sessions. She has spoken at a number of workshops and conferences on how to incorporate music into speech programs.  Lani has five of her own children, all of whom play instruments and sing.  She has been married to her husband, David, for 29 years, whom is a practicing pediatrician. Lani also teaches classical guitar students, directs her choir at church, and coaches cheerleading.