CONTACT: BETTY MERRIFIELD
100 Old Public Library
Iowa City IA 52242
Summer program for children needing speech therapy available at Children's
Hospital of Iowa
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Children with speech, language or hearing difficulties
can receive therapy and other help in the Summer Speech Program at the
Children's Hospital of Iowa at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics.
During the school year, many students with such impairments receive
speech therapy in their home communities. However, those services may not
be available during summer months.
The Summer Speech Program fills the void by providing students an opportunity
to continue therapy during six weeks. It is designed to prepare children
in preschool and primary grades for school programs or to provide a summer
extension of a school program.
"We work closely with speech and language pathologists in the schools,"
says Betty Merrifield, speech language pathologist in the Department of
Pediatrics at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics. "We help
students maintain and enhance the gains they have already made so when
school resumes, they haven't lost ground, and can continue to progress."
Last summer, 90 students -- some from as far away as West Des Moines
and Geneseo, Ill. -- worked with seven speech and language pathologists
during the Summer Speech Program.
The 1998 program, which runs from June 15 to July 23, also will include
reading enrichment assistance. Scholarships also are available this year.
More information is available from Merrifield by calling (319) 356-2154.
Written requests may be directed to Betty Merrifield, Department of Pediatrics,
2447 JCP, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-1083.