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Why Private pay as opposed to school speech therapy?

I want to start by saying that I have worked in public schools before. I totally respect my school speech pathologists.  They work hard for our children and have huge caseloads. Many kids who stutter or receive Prompt therapy are in groups of 5.   It is vital for kids who stutter to have parents either in the session or available at the end to facilitate progress. The Lidcombe program which is used up to about age 7 or 8 requires parents to actively work with their children at home.  This is not a school program.  It is a disservice to your child to do this program without parents present. Prompt is hands on so it is not sanitary to have the therapist’s hands on 2 or 3 children. They need a high level of expertise and individual therapy. Not all school speech pathologists specialize. Schools cannot solve every speech or […]


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What type of support did I find most useful from my parents as a child who stuttered?

This was asked by a few parents of children who stutter.  As parents we always worry we are not doing enough for our children.  The good news is that most of do our best and our kids know that. Did my parents support me? Yes. Without a shadow of a doubt. My father stuttered as well. He also overcame and became a pharmacist.  He was and is my role model.  I was fortunate to work with him at the age of 13 which encouraged me to talk often as a cashier.  At one point he encouraged me to seek a job on my own.  I went on an interview and got a job at a local department store.   After three months I decided I preferred my dad and uncle’s store to work in.  Luckily they took me back.  Let’s face it, they had no choice-LOL.  My mother was extremely proactive […]


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Stuttering: Get me out of jail..

To my adults who stutter.. Like you many of you I struggled for many years stuttering. I was afraid to order a medium diet pepsi, say fill it up at the gas station or ask a simple question, like what time is it? It was kind of like being in speech jail. One day I was asked my birthday by a teacher in class. I could still hear the laughter as I said “I don’t know”. All I had to say was April 22 but the fear came on like a  huge wave was going to knock me down. I wanted to get out of the house of bondage but did have the “get out of jail” card.It is hard to believe because now my family and friends would say I am outspoken. What changed?Finding the right speech pathologist to help me. Believing in myself. Realizing that it was not all […]


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Stuttering: Get me out of jail..

To my adults who stutter.. Like you many of you I struggled for many years stuttering. I was afraid to order a medium diet pepsi, say fill it up at the gas station or ask a simple question, like what time is it? It was kind of like being in speech jail. One day I was asked my birthday by a teacher in class. I could still hear the laughter as I said “I don’t know”. All I had to say was April 22 but the fear came on like a  huge wave was going to knock me down. I wanted to get out of the house of bondage but did have the “get out of jail” card.It is hard to believe because now my family and friends would say I am outspoken. What changed?Finding the right speech pathologist to help me. Believing in myself. Realizing that it was not all […]


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