This letter was in the Chicago Daily Herald and points out the need for speech therapy provisions especially for young children. It should have also included the web site for the Stuttering Foundation of America where a list of speech therapists who are trained to work with stuttering can be found http://www.stutteringhelp.org/Default.aspx?tabid=109.
"Your article "Most children will eventually outgrow stuttering" was very informative and I am sure it will help the parents of children who are struggling with stuttering.
One percent of the adult population stutters, while about 4 percent of children experience some form of stuttering . Seventy-five percent of these children do outgrow the problem.
While the treatment of childhood stuttering has spawned many different and opposing theories, one constant is that speech therapists agree early intervention with a child through speech therapy is a must.
My wife and I have been very pleased with the Stuttering Foundation of America as it has a national listing of speech therapists that specialize in stuttering.
Also, we have found this organization's resources most helpful as they offer many books and DVDs for children, parents and teachers.
It would be nice if speech therapy in general was given more attention. Every presidential election cycle there is talk of "health care reform," but none of the health care initiatives floated in Washington over the last 15 years have made any provisions for speech therapy.
More attention has to be given to speech therapy for all kinds of speech disorders, especially those of children.
Carlo J. Peluso