Children are entitled to free speech therapy

To the Editor:

I am a PWS (person who stutters) and I would quickly like to comment on your Feb. 20 letter to the editor, “Help for teens who stutter is as close as your library,” about the resources of the not-for-profit Stuttering Foundation.

I want your readers to know that the website of the Stuttering Foundation (www.stutteringhelp.org) has a downloadable brochure entitled “Special Education Law and Children Who Stutter,” which explains that every child in the United States has the right to free speech therapy because of federal legislation in 1973.

The therapy can run from preschool through high school. All speech problems are encompassed in this benefit of free speech therapy and not just stuttering.

Ed DePhillips
Fort Lee, N.J.

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