Kudos to WCU professor and Stuttering Foundation for promoting speech therapy

a href=“http://www.stutteringhelp.org”I enjoyed your [Oct. 6 online] article "WCU Professor's Passion for Helping People Who Stutter Leads to Penning a Textbook," not only because it discussed WCU Professor David Shapiro helping people who stutter, but also because of his training of speech-language pathology students so that they, in turn, can help people who stutter.

The article should have mentioned that putting more attention into training speech therapists to help people who stutter has the residual effect of producing speech therapists who will also help children with other kinds of speech problems.

As a PWS (person who stutters), I also wish to point out that the website of the nonprofit Stuttering Foundation (http://www.stutteringhelp.org) provides many free resources to people who stutter and their parents. A brochure available on the site, "Special Education Law and People Who Stutter," tells about a little-known component of our national health-care program that provides free speech therapy for all kids in the U.S., regardless of which speech problem they have, and regardless of their parents' economic status.

— George J. Epes
Raleigh, NC


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