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Release: Aug. 27, 1999

UI offers free screenings for children at risk for reading, writing difficulties

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The University of Iowa Wendell Johnson Speech and Hearing Center will offer free screenings to identify children ages 4 1/2 to 6 who are at risk for developing reading and writing problems. The screenings will be Mondays and Tuesdays, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., from Aug. 30 to Sept. 28.

Children with language delays and/or a family history of reading problems are candidates for the 45-minute screening procedure. Center staff will provide results and recommendations for follow-up care. The screening program is a new service, said Ann Michael, Ph.D., center director.

"Based on current research, we can better identify kids who have potential risks for reading and writing disabilities," Michael said. "We know more about what to look for, and early intervention is always the best practice."

For more information, call Ann Michael at (319) 335-8698 or to make an appointment, call (319) 335-8736.