This is the story of when a journal article broke the SLP internet.
And it was kind of a good thing, and kind of a bad thing, and mostly just really confusing to everyone observing it.
So allow me to play out this series of events—trust me, it’s relevant to why someone would ask the question above!
This is a super commonly-asked question among SLPs.
Let's dig in!
Note: This is about to kick you to a full-page answer instead of a blog post. It just felt like too much to squeeze into a blog column! Enjoy~
Occasionally we get member questions that are so good we want to share them. We bring in expert guest posters for these, as well, so you hear from somebody other than us. Enjoy!
This is a difficult topic—difficult to think about, to read about, and, in many cases, difficult to help our students and clients who have been (or continue to be) victims of maltreatment. But given the horrifying prevalence of childhood abuse and neglect (the Children’s Bureau estimates 683,000 known victims in 2015), the fact is, we are working with these children whether we know it or not. I’m sure the concerned SLP who asked this question isn’t alone in wanting to know more, so she can do her job better. After all...that’s why we’re all here.