Keeping One’s Word: Speech Therapy for Aphasia


The author of Teaching of Talking:  Learn to do Expert Speech and Language Stimulation at Home with Children and adults.

The author of Teaching of Talking: Learn to do Expert Speech and Language Stimulation at Home with Children and adults.











Keeping One’s Word


Moshe Mark Ittleman, M.S., CCC/SLP

Senior Speech Language Pathologist

Author: The Teaching of Talking


Keeping ones word to another person is one of the most basic of all communication courtesies. It shows care, respect, and integrity.

Integrity is saying you are going to do something and doing it. One can have integrity with the self and others. Dishonoring ones integrity to self or others sets up future failure for relationships, and even personal health.

There’s an old expression about integrity. Without integrity, nothing works. Imagine what would happen if your employer promised you your wages, and then failed to do so. Imagine what would happen if you have an appointment with the doctor, lawyer, or even a friend, and you appear, and the one who promised his time or services was not. What would happen if it was repeated more than once? Integrity is also a key component in marriage; without it, it does not survive.

We expect others to keep their word, and when it is not kept, there is nothing but disappointment, and sadness.

For some, personal integrity is learned from childhood, and is part of the “make-up” of the individual. For others it is something that is out of the realm of consciousness, and has never been cultivated or reinforced.

The New Year will be upon us soon. Integrity with others and ourselves is a great resolution, however, without some experience and coaching it may be short lived.

Landmark Education, an institution that addresses communication, respect and self-contribution to the world, is a wonderful institution, which helps instill those qualities and values.

How do I know that? I am a graduate of The Curriculum for Living and endorse it fully. Why? At one point in time I was out of integrity, and nothing worked. Thankfully I learned what was necessary to keep integrity intact and find something to share with the world.

Whether you are a person with aphasia, a caregiver, family member or therapist the concept of integrity is worth pursuing with all ones drive and effort. When one has integrity with self and others, what is said is pursued and completed. Integrity with ones loved one or patient is something highly valued and will greatly contribute to success in any endeavor.

Is it difficult? Darn right it is. Keeping ones promises and word can be quite arduous at times, but it will pay off handsomely, esp. if you are a therapist or caregiver and working on home speech and language stimulation with a client or loved one and realize it is a task that will require daily stimulation and dedication.

Many who have excellent results with therapy maintain integrity with self and others, no matter what!

My resolution for the year will be to release a video program for the Teaching of Talking that will enable Caregivers, loved ones, and therapists around the world to learn simple ways to stimulate speech and language at home.


Moshe Mark Ittleman, M.S., CCC/SLP

Author Teaching of Talking                                                            



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