I would like to also point out to your readers that every child in the U.S. has the right to free speech therapy as has been part of federal legislation for 40 years. This benefit of free therapy can start in preschool and run through high school. It covers all speech problems. Every child is eligible and the requirement is not predicated by the parents' economic status. A great source that explains the free speech therapy is the brochure "Special Education Law and Children Who Stutter," which is available on the website of The Stuttering Foundation (stutteringhelp.org). The site of this nonprofit organization also provides many free resources for children and adults who stutter.
I wish there were more clinics like The Childhood Language Center and I hope that someday their great work receives attention in the national media.
Edward S. Herrington
Reporter's work was impressive
"Above average," using the words of Tom Friedman, expanded to "much above average" is how I would describe Amy Julia Harris, the departed education, investigative reporter of the Gazette. Amy, a 2011 graduate of the prestigious Stanford University in California, drove to Charleston, accompanied by her father, a year ago, assumed her position with the Gazette and returned to California after her last day of work here on Oct. 5. In that brief period, she impressed many who read her stories, a number of them the products of her own aggressive and perceptive investigations, and who otherwise got to know her as a smart, ebullient, affectionate young lady. We wish her well. As one longtime Gazette reader, ignited, in part, by Amy's creativeness, I hope that the Gazette will focus again on an investigative posture, as in the days of Ned Chilton, and report its own news. That will make the Gazette "above average," maybe even "much above average."