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The Leavenworth Times - Leavenworth, KS
  • Letter: A right to free speech therapy

  • While I live outside of the Leavenworth area, I think that your article "Children Benefit from speech therapy program" had a glaring omission. While it mentioned all the main speech problems faced by children, it did not mention that every child in the U.S. has the right to free speech therapy.
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  • To the editor:
    While I live outside of the Leavenworth area, I think that your article "Children Benefit from speech therapy program" had a glaring omission. While it mentioned all the main speech problems faced by children, it did not mention that every child in the U.S. has the right to free speech therapy.
    I just want to make two points of my own. First, these days private speech therapy for children can be too expensive for some families; even families who have employer-based health coverage are complaining about access to private speech therapy. Second, the U.S. public at large is unaware that for almost 40 years every child in the U.S. had the guaranteed right to FREE speech therapy as was mandated by federal legislation. The free therapy covers all speech problems and is available from preschool up through high school. The best explanation of this unknown gem in our national healthcare system is a brochure "Special Education Law and Children Who Stutter," which is available for download on the website of The Stuttering Foundation (www.stutteringehlp.org). It gives a great explanation to parents of this benefit of free speech therapy. The Stuttering Foundation website also offers helpful free resources to people who stutter of all ages.

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