CONTACT: BECKY SOGLIN
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 335-6660; fax (319) 335-8034
Release: Aug. 24, 2000
UI offers screening and programs for children at risk for reading, writing
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The University of Iowa Wendell Johnson Speech and Hearing
Center is offering screening and support programs for preschool and school-aged
children at risk for reading or writing problems.
-- Free screenings to identify children ages 4 to 6 who are at risk for
developing reading and writing problems will be held Mondays, Tuesdays and
Thursdays from Aug. 28 through Sept. 28. Children with language delays and/or
a family history of reading problems are candidates for the one-hour screening
procedure. Center staff will provide results and recommendations for follow-up
care, including two UI programs.
-- Children ages 4 to 6 who are at risk for reading problems can also receive
help through a program that will meet Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9 to 11:30
a.m. This pre-literacy program begins Oct. 3, and fees will be charged on
a sliding scale. Small group instruction and one-on-one training will focus
on self-expression and pre-literacy skills such as recognizing letters of
the alphabet, letter-sound correspondence, rhyming, and listening to and retelling
-- Children in the second, third or fourth grade who need help with oral
language and reading skills can attend an after-school program that meets
Tuesdays from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. and Thursdays from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. The program
will begin in early September, and fees will be charged on a sliding scale.
Instruction focuses on helping young readers improve such skills as decoding
and understanding story structure in order to improve reading comprehension.
"With the preschool group, we aim to intervene before the children
begin school so they don't develop reading problems or have fewer problems,"
said Paula Buckwalter, speech pathologist in the UI department of speech pathology
and audiology and program organizer. "We help the children already in
school focus on improving their reading skills so they can improve in all
aspects of their education."
The programs are supervised by Buckwalter and taught by UI graduate students
in the department.
For more information about the screening or programs, call (319) 335-8736.