CONTACT: BECKY SOGLIN
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 335-6660; fax (319) 335-8034
Release: Aug. 30, 2000
UI Wendell Johnson Center offers help for voice and communication disorders
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The University of Iowa Wendell Johnson Speech and Hearing
Center will offer two expanded clinical evaluation and treatment services
this fall. One program will help children and adults with voice problems,
while the other will help adults with neurogenic communication disorders --
communication problems resulting from stroke, head injury or progressive neurological
disorders such as Parkinson's disease.
Beginning the week of Aug. 28, people can take advantage of these evaluation
and treatment services. Appointments are available from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday
through Friday, and evening appointments may also be arranged.
"We can help many different types of people with voice disorders, particularly
those who use their voices professionally," said Ann Fennell, UI clinical
assistant professor of speech pathology and audiology.
Fennell, who joined the UI faculty in June, noted that singers, actors,
teachers, clergy and lawyers are professionals who may develop voice problems.
The Wendell Johnson Center also will offer clinical services to adults with
neurogenic communication disorders, including aphasia, which affects more
than one million Americans.
"Aphasia is typically caused by stroke and impairs a person's ability
to speak, comprehend speech and, in some cases, read and write," said
Fennell, who directs both the voice and neurogenic communication disorders
For more information about the services, call the Wendell Johnson Center
at (319) 335-8736.