Thursday, September 28, 2017

Aphasia and Apraxia Speech Therapy Success Routines

Apraxia Speech Therapy Success Rituals and Routines
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The Importance of  Routines to Success in Aphasia and Apraxia Speech Therapy

The secret to success in aphasia and apraxia speech therapy, or just about any endeavor are the rituals and routines. Rituals and routines are those things we commit to doing on a regular basis, like talking within conversations with those who have aphasia at home each and every day.

Those Who Succeed in Aphasia and Apraxia Speech Therapy  follow routines, rituals and schedules to get Better Speaking

 Rituals and routines in aphasia and apraxia speech therapy help assure commitment and achievement in whatever aspect of speaking you are pursuing.

Rituals and Routines in Aphasia and Apraxia Speech Therapy are Essential to Better Talking

  Here is a quote from a couple who receive speech therapy:

  "In a month we will have been working with our therapist for three years. It has taken effort and tenacity but hasn't really felt like work. Don and I look forward to conversing now instead of being fearful and frustrated. We are so grateful."  Deb Johnson

Let's analyze the above statement:

Working with our therapist for 3 years.  

They have a continual commitment to improved speaking.   Deb is trained to stimulate Don's speech each and every day, at home.  Aphasia and apraxia speech therapy for them is an enjoyable ritual and routine.

Effort and Tenacity

Effort is the ability to act and do what is necessary for improved speaking.  In this case Deb exerts herself to learn how to help Don talk, and then converses with him using a fun and conversational method to improve talking.

Tenacity is Determination

Tenacity is having a bull dog mentality to learn how to get better talking and doing it without fail.  We all get tired from time to time, and tenacity often means the ability to get the job done even when you feel like sitting down in the recliner and watching tv.

It Hasn't felt like work

Many people look at exerting themselves at work.  Many have jobs or "work" and they must wake up each morning to face the grind of a job they really do not care for or enjoy.

We look forward to conversing now instead of being fearful and frustrated.

Deb and Don no longer feel fearful and frustrated when speaking.  She wanted to help Don talk but did not know how.  No one ever coached and mentored her to do what was necessary to help him talk better.

When we engage in aphasia and apraxia speech therapy and commit to it with effort and tenacity and have a therapist who is challenging and makes the tasks doable, results often happen.

The Teaching of Talking Method was developed to improve talking through actual conversation.  It is a method that incorporates the principles of aphasia and apraxia speech therapy while talking and conversing.  It doesn't even seem like therapy (often associated with "work, ") because it's fun and interactive and emphasizes talking rather than exercises that often do not relate to actual talking between people.

To find out how you can be mentored or learn the Teaching of Talking Method:

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Apraxia Speech Therapy The Cure for Anger

Apraxia Speech Therapy
The Cure for Anger
Just about everyone receiving speech therapy for apraxia will have  anger issues.There are emotional ups and downs for many people who have apraxia, dysarthria and aphasia. Imagine waking up one day, and your life is drastically changed.  You are out of work, incapacitated and you find that you have difficulty talking.  All your life Talking was so easy.  You didn't even have to think about it.  You said what you wanted to say, and when you wanted.

And then there's the issue that many people can not understand you.  You say what you want to say, and they just don't get it!  And then you realize that your speech is just like a great big, jumbled up word salad.  You may have trouble walking, and talking. People may have difficulty understanding you, and even one of your arms and a leg on your right or left side may not work very well.

Your friends don't want to come over, and the ones you have are not showing up.  You see them when out and about, and you can't speak clearly to them, and you are afraid they think you are now a mental and physical misfit!

So you are hyper-sensitive, scared, confused, uncertain, and worried if you will take another fall, or choke when you eat and drink.  Life could not be worse.  Many who have this problem at first might have the same feelings of sadness and apprehension, and you know there are some who seem to recover.

So you wonder.  Your family wonders.  When will this pass?  Will your walking, and talking return to the way they were before the stroke?

You get angry; Why?  They don't understand you, and you are depressed that this catastrophic event has happened.

When you get angry, you just want to get away, and not interact with anyone.  It's normal at first.  For those who may be undergoing apraxia speech therapy and have anger issues, here is a an image  that will give you a suggestion of what to do.

The Cure for anger in apraxia speech therapy?  Love is Caring For Each Other.....Even When you are Angry!

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Apraxia Speech Therapy Suggestions

I came across these apraxia speech therapy suggestions suggestions in the A.M. and thought there was a lot of wisdom in them; for all of us! Please like and share.

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Some Great Suggestions to Keep in Mind for Those with Apraxia Speech Therapy

Friday, September 15, 2017

Apraxia Speech Therapy Review of The Teaching of Talking Method

Apraxia Speech Therapy Review of The Teaching of Talking Method
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 Review of The Teaching of Talking Method and the Author

Many people are interested in reviewing The Teaching of Talking, and author Moshe Mark Ittleman, M.S., CCC/SLP Speech Language Pathologist who has spent over 40 years developing a way to train families and therapists in ways to help those with apraxia and aphasia talk better.

Goals of The Teaching of Talking for Families and Therapists of those with Aphasia, Apraxia, and Dysarthria

One of the major goals of The Teaching of Talking is to help train family members of those with moderate to prodound speaking difficulties.  We believe they can be achieved faster and better when spouses, family members and therapists are trained in the methods of the Teaching of Talking which have been developed for last 44 years.

Reveiw of Teaching of Talking and Author

Here is the link so that you can review the author's background and qualification and what other people have said about The Teaching of Talking Method.  There are even short videos from therapists and family members.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Apraxia Speech Therapy Where to go for Help

Where do I go for help now?

Where do you go for help when the insurance runs out or the therapist nicely informs you that your loved one has plateaued?

Thousands of families in the US and around the world start getting skilled care for aphasia, dysarthria or apraxia, and one day... Uh-Oh they are informed that either the loved one has plateaued, or the number of approved visits has been met.  Imagine the shock and dismay when this happens.

Where Should I Invest My Resources and Go for Help?

There is a growing movement today, especially among people who have suffered from stroke and aphasia and other neurological speaking difficulties to believe that they can get true help from an i pad with some apps for a severe-profound speech and language loss.  So a very sizable investment is made, apps are purchased thinking this will be the answer to help the loved one speak again, and unfortunately with time it is soon realized that this piece of technology and software is NOT doing the trick to help their loved one speak better.

The Concept of Skilled or Expert Care

There is a distincition here you should be aware of.  There is a true difference between skilled and expert care.  Skilled care is provided by anyone, no matter what the experience level is.  Skilled care can be someone with literally the bare minimum of experience, however they are certified and licensed as a speech language pathologist.  

Then there are the experts.  They are difficult to find.  When you go to a rehab. department, or a clinic you really don't know what the skill level is so most families just take whatever therapist is assigned.  The expert is a therapist with years of experience with aphasia, apraxia or dysarthria.   They may have presented at National conventions, written papers, and often have received advanced training.  They often are familiar with many ways to address speaking difficulties where in comparison the skilled practitioner may be just be a beginner or have limited interest or experience.  

Find Out Who and Where to Go For Help

The ability to speak is a priceless commodity.  It can make the difference between someone who is depressed and angry versus someone who is happy and loving.  There are very few talents that are as vital as talking and communicating.  People expect expert care to be inexpensive or free; often it is not.  But like anything else, some investments are well worth the money and often the value of speaking  improvement is worth much more.  

Decide to Invest in Speaking and Find The Best Therapist You Can

An expert therapist can make a profound difference in speaking recovery.  Make it a plan to invest in the ability to communicate with speaking if your loved one is capable and find the best therapist you can!  Ask around, especially from people who are very happy with their therapy and report significant improvement.  Then interview at least 3 therapists before making a choice.

Here is an icon below if you would like to learn how to help your loved one speak better at home.  Or, you can contact us today and find out how you can be personally mentored in speech therapy methods to help those with aphasia, apraxia, and dysarthria improve the ability to talk.