The Speech Correctionist and General Procedures in Treatment
This chapter is designed to deal with the nature of speech- correction work and the demands it makes upon those who do it, be they parents, classroom teachers, speech-correction teachers, or members of a speech-clinic staff. Speech correction is reëducation, not merely removal of the defect.
Qualifications of the professional speech correctionist. As the last chapter pointed out, not only is personality built about differences in speech, but also profound emotional reaction-patterns are often associated with these differences. Then, too, reëducation frequently demands much of a child in the way of courage, persistence, and applied intelligence. All of these characteristics of the speech-correction situation make certain demands upon the speech correctionist in terms of professional attitudes, academic preparation, personal qualifications, and skill in handling other people.
Speech correction, if it has not as yet attained a professional status, is so steadily achieving one that it behooves all workers in the field to conduct themselves according to a strict code of ethics, to join the American Speech Correction Association, and to keep abreast of the research which is contributing greatly to our knowledge of causes and techniques. The speech correctionist must recognize the delimitation of his field from that of the physician, the psychiatrist, and the orthodontist. He must be prepared to