Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Why Some People with Aphasia Fail to Regain Speech

Mark A. Ittleman
Teaching of Talking
January 11 / 2016

Why do some people with aphasia fail to regain speech. Is it due to the therapist? Is it the method? Is it because therapy was terminated too soon?

The answer to these questions may be all of the above. Often we are looking for a reason why our client or loved one failed to make the progress we wanted.

Let’s add the FAMILY MEMBER OR LOVED ONE into the mix. A person who for years has been almost non-existent in the therapy equation. It is not that the caregiver or loved one hasn’t wanted to be involved, only hasn’t really been invited to participate actively with the therapy.

I’m going to introduce another FACTOR that of course influences the success of any endeavor. It is DISCIPLINE.

DISCIPLINE is the power to act. It is the ability to know how and what to do for your loved one or client at home AND TO DO IT WHEN NEEDED.

DISCIPLINE is the ability to know HOW and WHEN something like speech and language stimulation must be done. It is the ability to address their need and help them with their speaking. If you miss the moment because the roast is in the oven, or you’ve got to address an inquiry, Facebook post, e mail, or even a phone call. Most caregivers would do anything to help their loved ones with speaking difficulties, but many just DO NOT KNOW HOW.

If you miss that moment of being there to help the person with their speaking at that moment you will have lost precious speaking opportunity.

Therefore DISCIPLINE requires that you ACT at the necessary moment, IF YOU KNOW HOW. You can learn how and when to help someone improve speaking, so that you address that need at the necessary moment. That is a DISCIPLINED response. If you think you will address it later, or you will have time tomorrow (manana) to work with them, etc. then you will be PROCRASTINATING.

PROCRASTINATION and LACK OF KNOWLEDGE are also some of the prime reasons for FAILURE, whether it be studying for school, losing excess poundage or helping a loved one speak better.

Discipline, Knowledge and Implementation of Methods cause Success. When a person learns the discipline of stimulating speech and language and does it when necessary, and throughout the day, speaking improvement almost always occurs.

Look at success in all endeavors and you will see the one who truly succeeds on a consistent basis is the person who has DISCIPLINE. For every time we act and do what is necessary at the moment it is required, the feeling of confidence emerges. Confidence helps us feel good which helps us continue striving for more good feelings and better results. Each time we do what is necessary for the situation we feel better and more confident. It’s a great feeling, isn’t it? Soon it becomes an automatic response. We succeed due to the wonderful feelings of confidence and achievement. We like those feelings and that is why we succeed. The pleasure of success and achievement.

We really don’t want the depression or frustration of failure caused by Lack of Knowledge or PROCRASTINATION. That only makes us want to withdraw and avoid. That is no recipe for success at anything.

You can learn the discipline of helping one speak. You can learn to do what is vital when it is necessary. You can feel confident when you know what to do to help your client or loved one speak better at home. There is no better feeling then helping and seeing them improve speaking. It makes EVERYONE feel more CONFIDENT, and willing to DO MORE.

Speech and language stimulation requires understanding and application of appropriate methods that work no matter if you are a therapist or caregiver. It is the responsibility of us all to learn what to do in order to help those with aphasia speak better.

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

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