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Speech therapy ACT not up to standard

By mitcore - 27 November 2008 110

Hi all I am mitcore and I have joined this group to see if I could get voices to help make the goverment stand up and listen to the shortage of speech therapist and other specialist in the area.

We do not have enough, I am going on Stateline to voice this opinion and to get help for my son, who is very delayed and unable to talk.

I am not to sure on what to do about it, I would like some help to make the ACT  goverment listen to us as parents and as career of special need kids,

Please give me your thoughts and opinions on how we can achieve the best result

Thanks all.

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Speech therapy ACT not up to standard
Granny 11:46 am 27 Nov 08

Of course, BerraBoy68! We need all the support we can get. As I say we have been getting wonderful advice and support from people who just like our group!! But with all these things, the more people who are with you the more you get listened to.

Expect an email!

: )

mitcore 11:45 am 27 Nov 08

i have in laws recording it on pc so i may be able to upload to you tube,
i have a forum, which i will be also trying to upload to, it has a section for parents and for kids with special needs, it is a new forum, i have only had it up for a few weeks now, but through it i am hoping to get information out globally, i also have an information section dealing with depression to helping a child through death, i am not sure if i can post the link in here, but would love to get members in to help make the issues known around the world,

if i can post the link can someone let me know and i will post it up,
thank you all for your support in this issue i am so thankful to have found this site

BerraBoy68 11:37 am 27 Nov 08

granny, can anybody join your group? I have a personal interest in this issue.

I came to Australia in 1973 aged 5 with a terrible stutter, a lisp and a cockney accent. While any of these could have caused me a problem with other kids, the stutter was the worst. While trying to oder my lunch at the tuckshop (St Vincents in Aranda( I stuttered in tryin to get out what I wanted. The less than caring b*tch at the tuckshop told me to go to the back of the line until I knew what I wanted. This embarrassed and hurt me so much that I went through to yr 12 without ever going back to a tuckshop, I’d get my mates to go for me.

I spent school holidays trying all sort of speech programs, mostly run my old unqualified biddies that just sent you into shops to ask the price of their goods. This was torture, humiliating and acheived nothing. My parents finally found a speech pathologist at the Old Canberra Hospital. I still recall this lady (and she was only young) with great fondness for helping me overcome both the stutter and lisp. It wasn’t an overnight cure but by god, it worked and she actually understood the emotional distress I had been going through. I’d love other kids to have the same wonderful experience in overcoming these problems that I had.

ant 11:36 am 27 Nov 08

Things must have changed, which is a shame. Back in the 70s, I attended intensive speech therapy with a very effective, talented speech therapist through ACT Health. It was actually upstairs in the Melbourne building, above what is now taht fake Irish pub.

It was just me, and a boy a bit older, who was the son of a local magistrate then. We both had pretty severe problems, and she worked with us right through our summer/xmas holidays, full time. She was using an american technique called Smooth Speech, and it worked brilliantly. My stutter only reappears once in a blue moon, and I’m always very surprised when it does. Straight back into smooth speech, and it goes dormant for another few years.

RandomGit 11:15 am 27 Nov 08

I had to go to Sydney to get therapy for my daughter. They put her on Fast Forword. Given the cost of Fast Forword, the cost of the trip to Sydney and the care of the other two children in our absence is something we could have done without.

I wish you all the best and will pass this story around for you.

Granny 11:04 am 27 Nov 08

Oh, cool! Thanks, Skid! Is that up permanently or just for a limited time?

Skidbladnir 10:54 am 27 Nov 08

Stateline do a video stream a day or so after the broadcast.

Granny 10:52 am 27 Nov 08

Mitcore, I don’t usually get to watch television. Is there any way you can record it and put it up on YouTube, or is that not allowed?

winning star 10:45 am 27 Nov 08

I think Labor had an election pledge for more speech therapists – won’t be here for some time though!!!

mitcore 10:33 am 27 Nov 08

thank you all, i will be on stateline this friday 28th nov
it is only a 5 min thing but i am hoping that in that 5 mins i get my voice out,
feel free to watch

granny i would love to join, i want this issue to be heard and i know i cant fo it on my own,
i will e mail you shortly to get days and times,

thank you all for your thoughts

sepi 10:17 am 27 Nov 08

This is a well known issue.

People used to go to Goulburn to access speech therapy, but I understand all Goulburn specialists are now booked out with Canberra patients too.

Granny 9:33 am 27 Nov 08


poptop 9:06 am 27 Nov 08

VYBerlinaV8_the_one_they_all_copy said :

. Fortunately, she’s one of the . . . most articulate people I know.


Thanks VY.

Granny 9:05 am 27 Nov 08

Mitcore, we have a group that meets regularly to advocate for these issues. We usually meet at the Yacht Club, drink wine and work to get better outcomes for our kids. We have carers ranging from preschool to adult children, and a couple of other very welcome and cluey people are also helping us.

You would be very welcome to come along. We have just found that it is easier to get things done as a group, and we can support each other while we do it. Besides it is fun!

We are aiming to meet on a variety of different days and times so that more people will be able to attend one meeting or another.

We are forging a strong group and having a lot of fun. You would be most welcome to join us. You can email I don’t check it often, but I will check over the next couple of days or so.

I think it’s fantastic that you’re going on Stateline. More people need to be aware of the sorts of issues that parents and carers of people with a disability are facing.

All the best with your son!

Love Granny

VYBerlinaV8_the_one_ 8:55 am 27 Nov 08

I know a lady who works as a speech therapist in Canberra, and she seems to have a huge workload. Fortunately, she’s one of the smartest and most articulate people I know.

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