RE Robin, D. A. (2000). From the editor. American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, 9, 2 I would like to acknowledge your recent charge to our members to join with ASHA in our efforts to inform the public about who we are and what we do. I would also like to respond to several of your comments regarding my recent written response to syndicated columnist ... Letter to the Editor
Letter to the Editor  |   May 01, 2000
RE Robin, D. A. (2000). From the editor. American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, 9, 2
 
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  • Contact author: Donna Geffner, PhD, Speech and Hearing Center, St. John’s University, 8000 Utopia Parkway, Jamaica, NY 11439
    Contact author: Donna Geffner, PhD, Speech and Hearing Center, St. John’s University, 8000 Utopia Parkway, Jamaica, NY 11439×
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Letter to the Editor   |   May 01, 2000
RE Robin, D. A. (2000). From the editor. American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, 9, 2
American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, May 2000, Vol. 9, 171-172. doi:10.1044/1058-0360.0902.171
History: Received March 9, 2000 , Accepted March 28, 2000
 
American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, May 2000, Vol. 9, 171-172. doi:10.1044/1058-0360.0902.171
History: Received March 9, 2000; Accepted March 28, 2000
I would like to acknowledge your recent charge to our members to join with ASHA in our efforts to inform the public about who we are and what we do. I would also like to respond to several of your comments regarding my recent written response to syndicated columnist Thomas Sowell and to your perception that ASHA has failed to make the facts known to the general public about what we do and the scientific rigor that underlies our profession.
To provide you with a brief history, ASHA and Sowell became aware of each other in 1997 after the publication of his book Late Talking Children. Reviews of his book, which appeared in the media, promoted his views that parents should not be concerned if their child’s language is delayed, and it also contained negative statements about the abilities of speech-language pathologists. In a letter to the editor of the Richmond Times-Dispatch, ASHA voiced concern that although it may be normal for some children to begin speaking late, many late-talking children have problems that deserve attention and intervention. The editor of that paper sent our letter directly to Sowell, who responded by sending an intemperate letter to ASHA. Shortly after that, Dateline featured a segment on Sowell’s controversial book and interviewed Nan Bernstein Ratner and me. We, of course, voiced our concerns about the dangerous and misleading ideas he was promoting to the general public and provided information we wanted the public to know. This brings us to our most recent encounter with Sowell last December when we submitted letters to the editor in response to his inflammatory and mean-spirited column, which first appeared in the Bergen (NJ) Record on December 3, 1999.
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