What Must be learned and understood by the practitioner of Speech Language Pathology

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What Must be learned and understood by the practitioner of Speech Language Pathology

Moshe Mark Ittleman Speech Language Pathology

Moshe Mark Ittleman sharing Speech Language Pathology ideas with Caregivers and Those with Aphasia

Speech Language Pathology

Truly understand the process of speaking

Can Only be “understood” by the actual use of your modeling

what the person with difficulty speaking needs as a model for comprehension and expression.

Understand how to use your speaking as a model for improved speaking

The Relationship:  Out of just about anything you will learn about speech language pathology the RELATIONSHIP you develop with the person with the speaking difficulty.

Being Friendly:

Being likable

Being personable

Being Conversational

*Conversationalist defined:

Rapport:  The more that you have something in common with the person who has the speaking difficulty the better the relationship typically is.

The Speech Model

Importance of Stimulability

  1. Individual’s motor performance
  2. individual’s immediate memory
  3. your speaking clarity, emphasis rhythm and prosody
  4. level of difficulty of what you wish to be imitated.

Their average Mean Length of Utterance Gives you a Clue of Where to Start in terms of # of words and the complexity of the model you give.

  • Being ever Mindful of your speech
  • being heard and understood
  • appropriate for imitation
  • of articulation,
  • words,
  • phrases

Match and mirror

  • speaking of your patient/client.
  • Comprehension/understanding will be better.

Involvement of Family

  • Spouse
  • husband

Communicative Courtesy

  • Mutual Respect
  • Permission
  • Opinion
  • Desire

Simplicity:  Making it Easy

Carry-Over:  Get Over It

Talking and Conversation:  What it requires:

  • An inquiry


  • It’s ok to cue.
  • Here’s the rule: Cue until you no longer need to.
  • Use a cue as long as it is necessary.
  • You will know when the time comes if you are observant.


  • You are there for one reason and one reason only: To give you complete attention to the person or those you are working with.
  • Cell phone off
  • Total focus on what you are doing to help the person you are with and constantly assessing whether what you are doing is getting positive results
  • If no….change
  • If yes, continue and reinforce.

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