Thank You for Stuttering Article I am writing to thank you for publishing the article “The Powered-Up Parent” by Peter Reitzes. This is one of the first articles that I have read specifically dealing with the challenges of treating preschool stuttering in the public schools. As a professor who teaches a graduate course in stuttering ... Inbox
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The ASHA Leader, November 2014, Vol. 19, 7. doi:10.1044/leader.IN7.19112014.7
The ASHA Leader, November 2014, Vol. 19, 7. doi:10.1044/leader.IN7.19112014.7
I am writing to thank you for publishing the article “The Powered-Up Parent” by Peter Reitzes. This is one of the first articles that I have read specifically dealing with the challenges of treating preschool stuttering in the public schools. As a professor who teaches a graduate course in stuttering every semester, I am aware that more than half of my students will end up working in the public schools at some point in their careers.
As Mr. Reitzes stated, best practice when working with young children who stutter is involving parents in either Demands and Capacities-like therapies or more direct therapies, such as The Lidcombe Program. But working with parents in the preschool or kindergarten setting is often difficult. Parents may not be able to come in for 30 or 60 minutes a week for therapy, as the evidence-based therapies suggest. And getting individual therapy with any child when caseloads are so high can be impossible. My wife is a speech-language pathologist in the public schools, and she often texts, e-mails or calls parents of her students to keep in touch. But with a caseload of 40 or more, it’s difficult (or impossible) to do even this each week with parents.
This article described a “real-world” therapy situation that tens of thousands of our SLPs experience, yet is often completely ignored in the research of any therapy program. More articles like this, please!
Joe Klein, Boone, North Carolina
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