Saturday, December 05, 2015

Aphasia Speech Therapy without Fear:
      Dancing to the Beat of Your Own Drum

Mark A. Ittleman
The Teaching of Talking
November 29 / 2015

As many of you know we are pursuing research at a major University in Southern California and teaching graduate students The Teaching of Talking Method.  I have to walk about a mile from where my car is parked to the building where the speech clinic and lecture halls are.

I was walking to class_ the other day and the fellow in the picture above was walking directly in front of me, listening to his headphones, dancing and jiving as if there was no one else in the whole world!

Free of ridicule or criticism
Would you do that?

And it did not matter a bit to him who was or wasn’t watching.  He was doing his own thing in his “own world.”

As I walked behind him, my first inclination was to be critical of this guy who was dancing and singing to himself as others watched with amusement.  However that though changed in a second, as I also realized how wonderful it is that we are free to do as we wish in this society, and not fearing ridicule, or the criticism of others.  So my initial, knee-jerk sarcasm changed immediately to one of respect and admiration!

And there’s the rub!  We know there will always be others who will be very quick to criticize us for what we are doing or the approach we are taking in our lives.

If you believe what you are doing with your loved one or clients to help them speak better is working for you, please continue on with your pursuit.  If you would like to learn  additional ways to help others speak with confidence and clarity, please click on this link.

In the meantime, Dance to the Beat, and pursue whatever methods you believe are truly helpful for better speaking.  

Moshe Mark

Moshe Mark Ittleman, M.S., CCC/SLP
Senior Speech Language Pathologist
Author-Teaching of Talking
Teaching of Talking Training Course

Moshe Mark Ittleman, M.S., CCC/SLP is a senior speech language pathologist who has worked in some of the nations’ best rehabilitation hospitals and specializes in complex speech language pathology of both children and adults.  He is the author of The Teaching of Talking which helps caregivers and speech pathologists learn simple speech and language stimulation methods to help loved ones and clients talk better.  He is currently residing in Southern California conducting research with The Teaching of Talking Method with those who have aphasia and teaching graduate students in speech language pathology.  He is a guest lecturer, provides online mentoring for caregivers and those with aphasia and travels internationally consulting with Colleges, Universities and private individuals.

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