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The Teaching of Talking by Mark Ittleman, M.S., CCC, Speech Language Pathologist is the ultimate guide for caregivers, loved ones and therapists of individuals who have speaking difficulties. This book is the perfect combination of principles and therapeutic methods for improving language learning, re-learning and production. Each chapter has a very specific purpose, ranging from theory and principles, evaluation/screening, therapy techniques with detailed examples, and the author's occasional humor.
In the The Teaching of Talking, Mark Ittleman introduces his readers to a unique, practical, fun and easy method that can be used by anyone to encourage language comprehension and the ability to speak. In the book he refers to a person who has a speaking difficulty as a (PSD).
I am a Speech Language Pathologist who works with individuals with speaking problems as a result of strokes, brain injury, birth defects, developmental delay, cancer, etc. I have had an opportunity to personally be mentored by Mark for over 2 years. His passion is reflected in his extensive work with patients with aphasia, apraxia, dysarthria and various voice disorders as a Speech Language Pathologist. His work as an SLP for 40 years has brought him to develop ¬¬this extraordinary and revolutionary method to stimulate language in "real-life" activities, which promote speaking practice, using the actual act of speaking. The methods in the Teaching of Talking encourage speaking with a person who has a communication difficulty (PCD) about their interests, likes, dislikes, preferences, and anything else they would like to converse about, and is empowering. The methods in The Teaching of Talking involve the therapist, loved ones, caregivers and patients as a "team" by allowing them to be "present" and participating in the conversation, even when the PCD may not be "communicating" at a level like they did before.
The Teaching of Talking inspires you to look beyond traditional therapy, to the stimulation of talking at the PCD's level, whether it is single words, phrases or sentences and to improve language understanding and use in a gradual step by step fashion. In The Teaching of Talking, Mark provides a screening tool and information about the "tools of the trade" with very detailed and specific examples for every single technique, which made it easy for a novice therapist like me to learn. A loved one, family member, or caregiver can also readily learn them. Experienced speech pathologists would also benefit from The Teaching of Talking, as it can give their therapy a whole new dimension of fun and simplicity.
Anyone who is interested in helping one speak again can master the Teaching of Talking methods with this book and Mark's mentorship. It is apparent that the goal of this book is to form a group of individuals to master the art of stimulating clarity of speech and language in a simple, functional and meaningful context of daily living activities.
The beauty of these techniques is that ¬¬¬¬¬they are very easy, and can be done all day long, without a structured "homework" time. I have learned that caregiver and families are very compliant with the home program when it does not involve adding to their busy schedules in the burden of caring for their loved one. What a relief it was when I found myself actually enjoying therapy in a positive and encouraging environment, having fun, laughing, joking, and all the while stimulating language and having them speak back to me in single words, phrases and sentences, when weeks before only withdrawn silence.
Imagine the relief when you can tell your patient's spouse that he or she can help their loved one speak again while eating, showering, going to bed, getting, dressed, shopping, and all the fun activities they share daily! ¬¬¬¬The technique utilizes a model of errorless learning and positive reinforcement to modify the speech of the PSD to make it more accurate with each question and answer.
The Teaching of Talking and mentorship program will teach anyone to be as good as any speech therapist in stimulating language at home, at the grocery store, or anywhere else you can think of! I have recommended this book to several of my patients' families and will definitely continue to use this method in my practice. This book is hands-down the best resource for anyone working with a person who has a speech or language difficulty such as children with delayed speech and language development, or those with stroke, head injury and aphasia.