My father often says, when a preschool child is stuttering or has any other issue, the parents don’t ask the child, “Do you want to go for therapy?” They make a phone call and they go. The child doesn’t call. The parents are the shareholders, not just the majority shareholders. They are the shareholders. They look out for the child’s interests. They worry about the child’s well-being, in the present and in the future. And, they are the only ones whose decisions really matter. As the child gets older and becomes a school age child, they are a person. As I said in another piece of this webinar, we need to treat children like people and children tell us things and we need to listen to what they say. So, if a child is resisting going to therapy, we need to respect that. We need to listen to that because, as they get older, they start to own a couple of shares of their life and of their challenges. And so, in due measure, and in the right way, we need to start to allow the child’s voice to be heard, even if it’s not what we wish to hear.
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