This is the final post for this blog as I close my speech therapy business. It's been interesting to watch the field of stuttering treatment change over the decades. I appreciate that ASHA (1) has added a few new resources, and I appreciate the hard work of researchers and clinicians. Thank goodness treatment has emerged from the darkness of blaming the client for failure. Fluency used to be the goal. Now the goal of therapy is a combination of cognitive, affective and behavioral changes. It's been refreshing, though I'm disappointed there is no cure.
In the book Show Your Work!, Author Austin Kleon quotes C.S. Lewis: "The fellow-pupil can help more than the master because he knows less. The difficulty we want him to explain is one he has recently met. The expert met it so long ago he has forgotten." All my credentials are red flags that I've been doing this work long enough.
It's time to become an amateur at something new. I’m going to develop my interest in literacy. An excellent, comprehensive, week-long summer course by The Grimes Reading Institute (2) is complementing my training in Reading with TLC (3) and Orton-Gillingham (4). But, alas, I collect more credentials!
I'm also gradually developing an online store at Teachers Pay Teachers Books Too. (5)
Thank you for reading.
Find your voice,