My New Friends Steve and Rhonda From New Zealand

June 7, 2012

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It is so nice to visit and help other people with their speaking. I wish to share 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 speech and language stimulation 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 not familiar with blogs, but I am willing to give it my all.
My family and friends are also visiting the blog and leaving lovely comment on my face book page.
I am off tomorrow to give out your newsletter to all my Diversional therapists in our town.
I’m armed and dangerous, spreading the good news about steve, great improvement in his talking now that you have come into our life.
WE are so very grateful and thrilled to receive your professional help from the other side of the world.
Steve and I are happy to receive other articles you would wish to put on our blog. Enjoy your break until our next talk.shalom mark.

My response back to Sharon:

I am so proud of Rhonda and Steven. He is learning a new method of pacing his speech which greatly enhances his speech intelligibility. Although he has to speak much slower, the sounds of speech are more accurate and the structures within the mouth that are responsible for articulation move better at slower speeds. Some things are better when done more slowly, one step at a time…like walking, and now, for some with dysarthria. Dysarthria is a speech term that simply means slurred speech. A cerebellar dysarthria sounds like some of the people you may have once known who used to drink too much. When they had too many, speech would get very slurred. Dysarthric speech is like that. Often we teach people with dysarthria how to compensate for the slow movement of the articulators. Therefore we alter the rate and make it slower, and teach them to assure they say each word, one at a time. What I call my “Make Every Word Count Method.”

I just love Rhonda and Steve and Sharon. Now that Steven is speaking with more clarity, he keeps me in constant laughter due to his great sense of humor which is emerging again.

People with speaking difficulties can improve with the right instruction and interaction.

Mark Ittleman, M.S., CCC/SLP
The speech pathologist who can make a rock talk!

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