I enjoyed your article “Del Mar schools have furry new faculty member” about the yellow Labrador retriever that will be working with special needs kids in the Del Mar Union School District.
The article mentioned the special needs problem of speech delay. I just want to mention to readers that the United States has the best policy in the world in terms of helping kids with speech problems. It is a shame that very few Americans know that every child in the U.S. has the right to free speech therapy. The website of the Stuttering Foundation (www.stutteringhelp.org) has a brochure called “Special Education Law and Children Who Stutter.” Though the brochure is from a stuttering organization, the free speech therapy is for all speech problems. Therapy can begin as early as preschool and last through high school. The right to free speech therapy was enacted into federal law 40 years ago. The website of the Stuttering Foundation also offers many free resources on stuttering, as well.
There are so many speech problems that children face. It is a shame that few people know about the right to free speech therapy for all children in the U.S. Just think of all the countries like Iraq, Vietnam, India and Latin American countries where there is not adequate speech therapy for children. It is important that more parents know about this great policy.