Advice for Dysarthria and Aphasia: Kirk Douglas

Kirk Douglas and his wife: "Get off your butt and go work with you speech therapist." Stroke Aphasia Dysarthria Advice Kirk Douglas (101 years old) Stroke Aphasia Dysarthria Advice Kirk Douglas Many of us grew up watching movies with Kirk and Michael Douglas.  Screen icons. Kirk Douglas had a stroke in 1996.  That was 22 years ago!  It opened up a new window of opportunity.                                                                                           . Stroke Aphasia Dysarthria Advice Kirk Douglas He wrote about the personal experience of stroke and the rehabilitation that was required after it.  He imparts a great [...]

How to Improve Speech With Someone With Dysarthria

How to Improve Speech With Someone With Dysarthria I just don't get it sometimes.  Why there are family members and loved ones of those with dysarthria who have no clue about how to improve speech with someone with dysarthria, other than to remind them over and over again, to just "Slow Down." Those with dysarthria and their loved ones are still not realizing what methods really work for improving speech.  It's rather simple, really, and for some reason many are quickly putting on a computer program, or worksheets when in reality these people [...]

Dysarthria Speech Therapy Using Teaching Of Talking Reviewed

It is so nice to visit and help other people with their speaking. I wish to share Dysarthria Speech Therapy with my readers some comments that shows what can be done when there is a will and a way. Caregivers can learn to do expert dysarthria speech therapy and I am leading the movement for that with Teaching of Talking. Millions of people who may have felt abandoned by health care programs in their country can now have a chance to improve speaking! Hi There Mark, You are my first post, I'm also [...]

Therapy for Dysarthria and Slurred Speech Can Be Done At Home By a Loved One

Therapy for Dysarthria and Slurred Speech The other day I was giving a speech to the Houston Stroke Warriors and had a question from the audience about Therapy for Dysarthria and Slurred Speech.  Many do not know that dysarthria is the term for slurred speech and it often happens following a traumatic brain injury, stroke, aphasia, or neurological disease. Now how would the layperson know what a dysarthria is? The way I explain it is simple.  It sounds as if a person just drank a considerable amount of alcohol.  Most of us have [...]

Aphasia Speech Therapy: Better Speaking: Teaching of Talking

   The author of Teaching of Talking: Learn to do Expert Speech and Language Stimulation at Home with Children and adults. Aphasia Speech Therapy: Better SpeakingbyMoshe Mark Ittleman, M.S., CCC/SLPHello Friends,We have been pretty busy this holiday season and am sure you know what I'm talking about! I hope you had a great Thanksgiving with lots of good things to eat, and family to visit and reconnect with.​This message is about caregiver training in the speech and language therapy process. Many of you know I have been beating the drum about this subject for a [...]

Do Oral Motor Exercises Improve Speech in Aphasia-Dysarthria?

   Do Oral Motor Exercises Improve Speech in Dysarthria-Aphasia?byMark A. Ittleman, M.S., CCC/SLPSpeech Language Pathologist Author:  Teaching of TalkingI've never placed much credence in oral motor exercises, esp. the non-speech variety.  I used to watch patients who could hardly speak spend the majority of their therapy time on exercises that did not involve the process of speaking.  Patients would be blowing bubbles, blowing through a straw, licking peanut-butter off a spoon, or licking it off the upper lips etc.  The efficacy of these exercises to me were questionable esp. when no simultaneous speaking was being practiced.  "Why [...]


  VIDEO:  Dysarthria:  Helping People Speak with Clarity  Using the Teaching of Talking Method  by Mark A. Ittleman, M.S.  Speech Language Pathologist People who have dysarthria have slurred speech that is often difficult to understand.  Many people with dysarthria have been constantly told to "just slow down," and that rarely does any good as far as speaking improvement. Listen and watch as Mark Ittleman, M.S. Speech Language Pathologist with 41 years of clinical experience explains dysarthria and approaches for the successful improvement of speaking using the Teaching of Talking Method.   We hope you will share this video with Speech Language Pathologists, Caregivers Loved Ones [...]

Speech Therapy for Dysarthria or Aphasia Can be Stimulating!

Speech Therapy does not have to be boring or stupid! I use to hate doing traditional speech therapy for aphasia in adults, and so did most patients.  It is often boring for everyone involved and may lack creativity and spontaneity.   I can not tell you how many times patients have told me that speech therapy for them seemed boring and stupid.   I am writing this blog today in order to make a point to everyone involved in the process.  Speech therapy can be enlightening, exciting and educational for not only the [...]