Moshe Mark Ittleman, M.S., CCC/SLP
Senior Speech Language Pathologist,
Author: Teaching of Talking
Life Member American Speech Language
And Hearing Association
“Thanks for the mentoring.
It occurred to me today that one of the reasons I like The Teaching of Talking Method (other than it is working)
is that I finally feel like I can do something to help my husband speak better.”
The above comment was sent to me from the wife of a gentleman who had a stroke. She has been learning The Teaching of Talking Method which involves reading our book, listening to the audio book from audible.com, and online mentoring.
She, like many caregivers was not well versed or instructed in how to stimulate speech and language “on the fly” or throughout the day during activities inside the home, or when out and about. In my opinion speech and language are best learned when they are taught in the context of the situation, when speaking is necessary in the moment. That is how foreign language is learned. One goes to the speaking environment and gets subjected to the everyday language and is stimulated to speak the important words when they are needed. Comprehende? (Now say “Comprehende…”) Not trying to learn to speak the language in a sterile classroom like we tried (or not tried) in junior high or high school! (yawn…)
Now She stimulates her husband’s expressive speech and language when they are at home, with family and when out with friends. Their friends have watched her stimulating his speech during social activities and now they help stimulate his speech and language when he engages in activities independently, without his wife having to be present. How wonderful is that?
Being a caregiver does not have to mean being alone or feeling isolated and not knowing what to do to help a loved one speak. You do not have to feel alone or “at a loss” about what to do for your loved one.
You can learn to do what an expert speech language pathologist with over 40 years of experience does with people who have difficulty speaking due to aphasia or brain injury. Feel free to contact us if we can be of any help or if you would like to receive additional information about learning expert speech and language stimulation methods to use with your loved one or client.