When I began school, my teachers referred me to the school speech therapist because of pronouncing "S" like "sh". My parents refused, saying that I would outgrow it. Every school year, my teachers would refer me just to have my parents refuse.
Finally, with the encouragement of my choir director, my parents allowed me to have speech therapy at the age of 15. It took only three months to correct a speech problem that had plagued me since early childhood. My parents were shocked. Ms. Weddle, the speech therapist for our little school system, changed my life.