Early Intervention for Fluency Shane’s stuttering wasn’t much when we first noticed it. He was 3 years old. Everyone told us he would outgrow it. But it didn’t get better. It became so profound that he spoke with facial tension trying to get his words out. Then he would just give up because it ... E-luminations
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Early Intervention for Fluency
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  • Donna Maria Rashad, MS, CCC-SLP, provided treatment for Shane Williams and is a speech-language pathologist for the Eagle Academy in Washington, D.C. She can be reached at speechtreatment@gmail.com.
    Donna Maria Rashad, MS, CCC-SLP, provided treatment for Shane Williams and is a speech-language pathologist for the Eagle Academy in Washington, D.C. She can be reached at speechtreatment@gmail.com.×
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E-luminations   |   April 01, 2012
Early Intervention for Fluency
The ASHA Leader, April 2012, Vol. 17, online only. doi:10.1044/leader.EL.17052012.np
The ASHA Leader, April 2012, Vol. 17, online only. doi:10.1044/leader.EL.17052012.np
Shane’s stuttering wasn’t much when we first noticed it. He was 3 years old. Everyone told us he would outgrow it. But it didn’t get better. It became so profound that he spoke with facial tension trying to get his words out. Then he would just give up because it was too difficult for him to express himself. As a mother, it was hard for me to see Shane have such a difficult time talking, expressing himself, and giving up. He is such a smart kid but he started to withdraw. His teacher noticed it, too. She was the one who suggested he should be evaluated by Donna Maria Rashad, for speech-language services.
Sharon Williams and her son, Shane.
At the first meeting I found out that speech-language treatment was under the umbrella of special education and I was apprehensive. In my mind, my son did not need special education. But, I learned that special education has many different components. Each month, I started seeing improvement in my son’s speech. The facial tension was becoming less noticeable. Shane was starting to enjoy talking more. At age 7, Shane no longer stutters and the facial tension is gone.
I would tell another mother that the earlier you receive treatment for your child, the better. Don’t be afraid. You would be doing your child a great service to participate. I have a great appreciation for Ms. Donna. With her teaching and guidance, my son has progressed extremely well.
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