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#1 Posted : Wednesday, February 25, 2015 2:42:55 PM(UTC)

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my son is 10 yrs. old in the 5th grade. he has been in speech therapy (through the school) for 5 yrs. and it does not seem to be getting any better. every time we talk to the speech therapist we get the same thing. " he is getting so much better, still a little trouble but nothing like it was." in her speech room by himself she says he does a great job pronouncing everything correctly, yet when we get him home it is terribly hard to understand what he is saying, on top of talking softly and stuttering. Even though he has now moved from "speech delay" to "speech disability" she tells us repeatedly the there of NO state help avail. I just want to get more help to correct this problem!!!!! insurance will not pay for outside speech therapy due to the school doing something!
Mary Lou SLP  
#2 Posted : Saturday, February 28, 2015 6:02:16 PM(UTC)
Mary Lou SLP

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I just saw your post. Hmmm...after 5 years of speech therapy, you don't notice much difference. Here are some suggestions:

1. Ask to have the head of the speech-language services in your son's school district consult with your son's SLP about other methods to try.

2. Ask to observe/participate in some therapy sessions. Daily practice is essential to success. If you haven't been given guidance and materials to practice with, this could be the missing link.

3. Ask your insurance company why it won't cover speech-language therapy services. School therapy and private therapy are two different things. One shouldn't preclude the other.

4. If your insurance company will cover private therapy IF your son does not receive therapy at school, consider taking at least a 6 month break in school therapy and see if your results are better with private therapy.

5. If you live near a university with a SLP training program, inquire about receiving therapy there. It usually is less costly than private therapy.

6. Look up the Scottish Rite Foundation to see if it provides grants for therapy in your state. The way this philanthropy functions varies by state.

Your son deserves to be understood and to have confidence in his ability to speak. Keep persevering to get him the help he needs and keep advocating for him!
Mary Lou B. Johnson, M.S.,CCC-SLP

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