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  •  Very informative (2+ / 0-)
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    Leslie in KY, cameoanne

    I had no idea just how impactful this therapy is to patients.  Thank you for this diary.

    In a controversy the instant we feel anger we have already ceased striving for the truth, and have begun striving for ourselves. " - Buddha Shakyamuni

    by Actbriniel on Fri Apr 15, 2011 at 04:46:20 AM PDT

    •  well, I think that (4+ / 0-)

      often people hear "speech therapy" and have some vague notions about children with lisps getting help at school, and I don't mean to minimize those kinds of services (which are also under assault in the schools as therapists have to prove a disorder has some kind of educational impact in order to help a child).

      We do everything from helping a child with failure to thrive to learn to eat to helping a veteran learn to compensate for word-finding deficits and memory loss so they can work again.  I have helped a newborn change its suckle pattern that was causing severe pain to the mother in breastfeeding because the child had tongue retraction, and taken a Down Syndrome child from being one the schools said would never learn to read to currently reading an adapted chapter book of The Three Musketeers (at 4th-5th grade level) and understanding the plot.  Or an adult who completely lost reading ability with a stroke to where she could find comfort in reading her Bible again.  People don't understand how we can work with babies ("they don't even talk yet!") or that we do so much with the elderly in long term care.  One of the most central deficits in autism is severely impaired language and our field has had to be at the center of the autism epidemic in serving these children.  

      Of a my present caseload, 75% depend on Medicaid to pay for their services.

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      Actbriniel, cameoanne

      I would hope that Rep. Gabrielle Gifford's rehabilitation brings further emphasis on the need for therapies.  Speech-language therapy is an important component of her treatment.  Denying Medicaid recipients this benefit when they suffer a gunshot wound is certainly not compatible with a just and humane system.  Of course what we really need is single payer where everybody has access to pretty much the same benefits with a basic floor that is comprehensive enough to serve a member of Congress adequately.

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