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Release: April 26, 2000

Parents are offered help through UI pediatric speech, reading program

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- A summer speech and reading program for children with speech, language and hearing impairments is being offered by Children's Hospital of Iowa at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics. The program will run from June 26 through August 4.

Now in its 10th year, the six-week program is conducted by Pediatric Speech Pathology Services in the UI department of otolaryngology -- head & neck surgery. The program provides intensive, outpatient speech therapy services to children with a wide range of special needs, including hearing impairments, cleft palates, phonology disorders, stuttering, language delays and autism. Three program options are available:

-- Speech Language Services;

-- Hearing Impaired Program;

-- Reading Enrichment/Maintenance Program

Schedules for each program vary, with sessions lasting from 30 to 60 minutes, held one or four days a week. All therapy sessions are provided by licensed and certified staff.

Today, more than 14 million Americans have a speech or language problem. With children, speech or language problems can result in learning, social and personal problems. Proper identification and treatment is crucial to eliminating or minimizing the impacts of these problems.

To register or for more information about the program, contact Betty Merrifield, Ph.D., UI department of pediatrics, at (319) 356-2154.

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