What Can You Do When Speech Therapy for Kids Doesn’t Work?
In this interview below you’ll hear what Bridget and Antonio did and how well it’s working for them.
Michael: Hi, this is Michael Williams, I’m here today with Bridget and Antonio. Thank you guys so much for being willing to do this interim video interview with me to share with me your experiences with your speech journey and with Pro90d. My first question is going to be for Bridget, and that is for you just to share the journey that you’ve been on over the last few years in looking for resources to help with Antonio.
Bridget: Yeah, of course. Antonio is 10 years old now, so about four years ago he stopped speaking completely. We had to go to a therapist obviously to figure out what was going on. He slowly started coming back to speaking, but it came back in a stuttering form of just word, by word, by word, not continuous, not flow, not any of that.
Bridget: We went to see a therapist like I mentioned, and a speech therapist, fully licensed, all that, and we tried her for about a year and a half. He progressed a little bit, but there was no real tactics given to him as to what to do when you get stuck, or how to make the sentence longer with having a flow, or emphasizing. None of that was being discussed with him.
Bridget: So now fast forward four years later, five years later, four therapists later, he still had a stuttering issue and he still was getting stuck many times at school, many times with us, many times he couldn’t say his name. It was a real struggle for us, and we went to licensed therapists that were speech therapists that went to school for it, and he got better but he would revert back, he got better, but he would revert back, and he really didn’t know what to do when he got worse. It was a struggle for us just trying to figure it out.
Bridget: It was hard for us emotionally because it was hard for him, and he’s such a social human being. He plays sports, he’s A type personality, he likes to be a perfectionist on whatever he does, and so it’s hard for us to have a child like that who’s such an extrovert wanting to say and do and this and that, and just seeing him reel himself back a little back.
Bridget: It was hard, so I think what happened was I was just struggling with myself, like, “What do I do? What do I do? No therapists are working. I don’t know what to do,” and finally I just started searching the internet. That’s just what I do when I’m at wit’s end, I start searching the internet so hopefully I find something, and I came across you. I found you and I basically begged you to work with us, because you don’t work with children you said. I wrote some email like, “How could you say that? Let’s figure this out,” so I pretty much shackled you to helping us, and here we are three months later, not even, maybe two months later really.
Bridget: I’ve been doing a program with him for about three weeks prior to joining with you on the weekly sessions, so it’s been about two to three months, and it’s mind blowing. It’s mind blowing the change in Antonio. The change in his ability to figure out on his own what to do if and when he does get stuck. The tools that he’s being given by you and by your program is phenomenal. Phenomenal.
Michael: Yeah. So Antonio, tell me just a little bit about how it felt for you before when you weren’t able to say some things that you wanted to say? How did that feel and what did you try to do about it?
Antonio: When I couldn’t say a lot of words I just got really frustrated, ’cause I couldn’t say most of the words that I can say now, like my name, and it just got me really frustrated.
Michael: Yeah. Yeah. You’ve done some speech camps, and you’ve done all kinds of things. You’ve done lots of presentations for me, so tell me a little bit more about what you’re able to do now and how you feel now about your speech?
Antonio: I’m able to do a lot of things now and I feel really happy about my speech.
Michael: Yeah. What’s the one big thing that you’re able to do now that you struggled to do before? Your mom mentioned it already.
Antonio: I’m able to say my name.
Michael: Right, right. Believe it or not, a lot of people, a lot of adults still struggle with that. That you’re able to say that smoothly now is really a very, very good thing, so you should be glad that your mom pushed you and works with you on that.
Michael: Bridget, tell us then without getting into the details, what is it that you really like about this approach? But, wait, before we get to that, you tried a lot of licensed therapists, and I usually recommend that children and parents go to therapists first, so I’m not putting them down or anything, I think they’re very effective, especially with children, but a lot of parents are going to watch this and they’re going to think, “Well, this guy’s not licensed, so how can the system … how can it work? How does it work? How can we trust him for it to work?”
Bridget: Yeah, so it’s pretty simple. If you’re looking for a solution for your speech or for your child’s speech, this is the program. If you’re looking for an analysis on why your child acts a certain way, or what’s going on with your child inside psychologically, then maybe a therapist would be better, but if you just want a solution, and I mean like A, B, C, D, E, F, and you can read it and you can listen to it, this is the way to go.
Bridget: A lot of the therapist’s activities that we were doing together, because I would have to go in the therapy room with him and sit there for that hour, they were playing games with him and they were talking about his day. It was more of a, “Let’s analyze Antonio all around and maybe that’s why he has a speech … he gets stuck.” Well, no, that really is not the problem with Antonio, the problem with Antonio was that he needed strategies just about his speech to get through his speech.
Bridget: So if someone wants to fix their speech or make it better than what it already is, this is the program. If somebody wants to sit down and communicate with a therapist about their day and the challenges that they have and how it makes them feel and all that, than maybe a licensed therapist would be better, absolutely, but we didn’t need that. We didn’t need that. I’m sure we could use it, we all could use it, but we really needed this solution and we found it. We found it, so far it’s been amazing.
Michael: Now, how long did it take us to get Antonio to say his name where he was just able to … I think he had one problem with it and then after that he hasn’t had any problems at all. How long did it take us to reach that solution?
Bridget: One second. It was in our first session.
Bridget: Yeah, and I’ll never forget it because it was a very practical, logical solution that we wouldn’t of known unless you showed it to us.
Michael: Right, right. Now, your goal for Antonio isn’t just to not stutter, your goal is for him to be able to do what? What is it that you want for Antonio to be able to-
Bridget: I want him to be an excellent speaker, an excellent speaker. An excellent communicator, that’s really our goal. The things he’s learning I can say in my career I wish I learn as a presenter some of these strategies you teach, they’re fundamentally so important in life. It’s like he’s learning things that he won’t learn even outside of college when he graduates in the workforce. These are like special training courses for people who want to present in a better way to make more of an impact. So Antonio’s just … what he’s getting right now, yes, it’s going to fix his stuttering absolutely, but it’s going to take him to the next level, which I’m so excited about.
Michael: Yeah, and he’s an amazing presenter, and while we won’t do it today, we’ll probably find some way to have him do a presentation so that people can see how amazing he is. I mean just absolutely incredible.
Michael: What would both of you say to parents out there who’ve perhaps exhausted their resources, they’ve just gone out and they’ve gone through different therapies and so forth and it hasn’t worked? Or there may be parents wanting their children to go to the next level, like maybe their children struggle with their speech, maybe they speak too fast, they mumble, they interrupt themselves so that their speech isn’t clear and smooth, and maybe they just want their children to get to the next level, to not just not stutter but to become excellent speakers. What would both of you say to them? What would you say to the parents? What would you say to the children to encourage them, to give them hope and to say, “Hey, this is what you should do next?”
Bridget: Yeah, do you have a suggestion Antonio?
Bridget: Well, my suggestion would be, but you can go after me, is absolutely try this out. Try the Pro90d, try your system out. It’s the easiest thing that you could do to fix what I’m sure is heartbreaking for parents out there to witness, if it is at the point where we were, it’s heartbreaking. Try it, because we tried everything, it didn’t work to what we needed it to work for, which was fixing his speech, making it where he can speak smoothly and he can say his name, and he can have conversations, and not just in a week, but for the rest of his life.
Bridget: So my recommendation is just to try it because it absolutely works, it’s absolutely worked for us. It’s worked for us, however we have been extremely diligent, and we do do it every day for 20 to 30 minutes, which isn’t that much time if you think about it, but your system is so easy that you just turn it on and you listen to it and you learn and you move forward. It’s a very simple step to get to where we need to get with him, and it’s there with him.
Bridget: That would be my recommendation is just to try it. Do you have one, Antonio?
Michael: What would you say Antonio if a child, someone your age, a young man or a young lady who’s watching this and they struggle with their speech, what would you say to them to encourage them?
Antonio: I would say to try your program out, it is really good, and that you give a lot of good techniques to help kid’s speech and my speech, and yeah.
Michael: Yeah. Good. Now, you mentioned a couple things, very, very important and it’s a requirement. You guys spend around 30 minutes a day, Antonio I know that you didn’t like that at first, that every day your mom sat you down and you spent about 30 minutes working through the program. That’s a requirement, that’s very important. Antonio, you’re 10 years old now, right?
Antonio: Yeah, I’m 10.
Michael: So we’re looking at children between 8 and 12. I think that’s probably a good range, right? That’s another requirement. Yeah, I’ve been actually very pleased with working with you two, and as you said I’ve worked with a couple of children in the past and it’s not been a great experience. This has been a wonderful experience and we know that the system works, it can work for anyone if you do the work.
Michael: The requirement is that the parent, so if you’re watching this, you the parent and your child have to work together at least six days a week. When we meet, and we’ll probably end up meeting in a small group as you suggested Bridget, and you said this too Antonio that it’d be good if we met in a small group. We’re going to be doing that, and so it’s a requirement that the parent works with the child. Have you seen that to be very, very effective that you’ve been working with Antonio on a regular basis? Has that really helped more than if I just worked with him by myself?
Bridget: Yeah, I think so. I think a lot of this has to do with the things that happen outside of that hour. So if you’re given tools as a parent to help guide your child to don’t do this, or to do this, or to do more of that, that actually does help tremendously. Obviously the hour with you is phenomenal, but you got to take that information and put it into the rest of the day. If you don’t know what to do and you’re just like, “Well, he’s getting stuck, what should I do?” It’s not really helpful. This way it’s a family issue, it’s a family situation, and we all intend to correct it and move forward and [crosstalk 00:14:43].
Michael: Yeah, absolutely. One last thing that I’ll say is that … and this was something that actually you suggested because of the attention span of Antonio. You said, “Hey, let’s just meet for 30 minutes,” and we’ve been able to get a lot accomplished in the 30 minutes. I think it’s been best, it’s been good for everyone involved.
Bridget: Oh, absolutely. Yeah, if you have a child around this age, and maybe they’re a boy, especially if they’re a boy and they’re active, the attention span only is 20, 30 minutes, otherwise it’s just in and out and they start to move around and roll their eyes and this and that. So you really have about 20, 30 minutes with them and then it’s pretty much done. This age group, especially him, because I know him, that’s his limit. So yeah, it’s perfect.
Michael: Yeah. Well, thank you so much Bridget and Antonio. Thank you guys for sharing and-
Bridget: Of course.
Michael: … we hope that this video will inspire some other parents to join us, because we are about to roll this program out and get some other parents who’ve been struggling and they haven’t been able to find a solution.
Bridget: If there is a parent that’s struggling, I cannot tell you how much this has helped us. It’s been phenomenal. Phenomenal. His growth, the tools that we have now that we can use today, tomorrow, next year, his ability now to present where he wasn’t able to even speak before, it’s not even tangible the amount of improvement that he has right now and the feeling that we have knowing that he can go out there and do what he needs to do and be a success in whatever he wants to do is just … it’s inspiring to us that he’s getting to this point, so thank you.
Michael: Thank you guys. Okay, thank you so much.