The Ten Commandments of Speech Therapy: The Teaching of Talking











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

Speech Language Pathologist

Author:  The Teaching of Talking


 I.  Thou Shalt find a way to improve a person’s speaking ability if that is  what they are coming to you for.

II.  Thou Shalt smile and show kindness in everything you do with the person who is having speaking difficulty.

III.  Thou Shalt treat the person with the speaking difficulty as if they  are a VIP (Very important person).

IV.  Thou Shalt treat families with dignity and respect.  (In the same VIP way you treat the person with the speaking difficulty.)

 V.  Thou Shalt make the task you are conveying easy and simple enough to be easily grasped without frustration or upset.

 VI.  Thou Shalt share what you know with the family member or caregiver so they can help improve speaking at home.

 VII.  Thou Shalt find a way to make speaking fun, while helping each individual improve the aspect of speech or language needed.

 VIII.  Thou Shalt be a good speech model and speak simply, slowly and clearly.

  IX.  Thou Shalt change what you are doing if what you are doing is not working.  You will seek out others to guide you if you get to the point where you are not sure what to do next. 

 X.  Thou Shalt be a student of therapy methods for a Lifetime, always researching new ways of practicing your art.  You will be on a constant quest to be the Best you Can Be!









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

Speech Language Pathologist

Author:  Teaching of Talking (website) (e mail)

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About Mark Ittleman

Mark Ittleman is a Senior Speech Language Pathologist and serves those with moderate to profound speaking difficulties. He consults with many of the best rehabilitation hospitals and now travels the country with his wife, and lectures at Universities, Hospitals, and Aphasia Organizations. He also consults with people all over the world with speaking difficulties and their families.
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