Teaching a Child or Adult How to Talk or Speak with Clarity:
The Teaching of Talking Learn to do Expert Speech and Language Stimulation at Home With Children and Adults.
Octavio Paz won the Nobel Peace Prize in Literature. He was an interesting gentleman of Latin persuasion who left his mark on the literary world. He also left indelible images of ideas in the minds of his readers. One of them was concerning the topic of dreams and how we are inspired to pursue life paths. Paz said that when we develop an idea for a life dream, we do not always know from whence it came. Paz said not to worry about it, but just be glad the dream was perceived and then to devote one’s mind, energy and passion to it. He reminded us that our dreams are deserved. We read, or watch something that can immediately resonate with us, and cause a drive or a passion for its fulfillment.
It was like that when the idea came to write my book entitled The Teaching of Talking. This idea brewed in the recesses of my mind for a long time, and first started brewing when pursuing Landmark Education, and then seemed to ignite after re-reading some of Dr. Charles Van Riper’s writings. Van Riper was the G-d Father of Speech Therapy. He stuttered and was an exceptional therapist and professor who once said there were libraries of books about such subjects as engineering, music, medicine, literature, etc. but that one would be hard pressed to find many books that addressed the subject of the “teaching of talking.”
That thought hit home, and the title The Teaching of Talking was born.
So what do I wish to convey to you, dear reader? It’s really quite simple. Within the pages of The Teaching of Talking is a method, a philosophy, a set of values, strategies and procedures to stimulate language with those who have not learned to talk, or those who had the ability, but lost it due to brain injury or disease. It is a common sense approach that does not get bogged down with percentage of correct responses and clinical mumbo jumbo. It is a way to approach people to help them speak; speak about what lights them up; and speaking about the very things that are extremely important to them.
If we address what a person is passionate about, or something they value highly, the drive, motivation and urgency to talk and learn in most cases is much higher. Every therapist, caregiver, loved one and friend can now have the opportunity to learn how to help someone who has difficulty talking. That’s why the book is called the Teaching of Talking.
The dream for me is to share what took a lifetime to learn, sitting across from people and helping them talk or talk again. Working with speaking difficulties for over 40 years taught me a great deal about the process of speech therapy. What worked and what didn’t. The book, The Teaching of Talking is a culmination of methods, techniques, ideas, values and philosophy that will help you become more successful in your endeavors to help those improve the ability to speak.
The true speech clinician, that individual who works with people, day in and day out for years upon years also receives an education that is unsurpassed, especially if he or she is passionately dedicated to the work of helping people speak better.
Find out how you can learn the Teaching of Talking Methods today. Please vist our website at http://www.teachingoftalking.com and opt in to receive regular e mails which address specific areas of speech therapy and the audio and soft cover book is available there. You can also order the audio or soft copy of the teaching of talking. http://teachingoftalking.com/pre-order-the-teaching .
We are developing a special telephone conference that will commence in July for those who would like to learn the method. Please e mail us for additional information.
Mark A. Ittleman, M.S., CCC/SLP
Speech Language Pathologist-Author