CONTACT: BECKY SOGLIN
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 335-6660; fax (319) 335-8034
Release: Sept. 6, 2000
UI Wendell Johnson Center offers new parent-child service to treat
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Helping children overcome stuttering often requires the
help of many people, including a parent. The University of Iowa Wendell Johnson
Speech and Hearing Center aims to meet that need by offering parent-child
fluency groups, beginning this fall.
A school-age section for children in grades third through fifth and their
parents will meet Tuesdays from 4:30 to 5:45 p.m. The pre-school/early elementary
section for children in pre-school through second grade and their parents
will meet Thursdays from 4:30 to 5:45 p.m.
To participate in either group, the child and his/her parents must be referred
by a speech-language pathologist or receive an evaluation at the Wendell Johnson
Speech and Hearing Center clinic. Evaluation appointments can be made by calling
the clinic secretary, Kathy Miller, at (319) 335-8736. The evaluations and
treatment will be based on a sliding fee scale.
"The center's clinic has a long history of providing diagnostic and
treatment services to adults and children who stutter and to their families,"
said Patricia Zebrowski, Ph.D., UI associate professor of speech pathology
and audiology and program organizer. "The new program represents an expansion
of these services. One of our main goals is to make stuttering a topic that
can be discussed between the child and parents, and to provide the family
with the skills to do so."
Zebrowski said that during each after-school session parents and children
will first meet simultaneously but separately under the direction of a speech-language
pathologist or a graduate clinician in speech language pathology. After 45-minutes,
the parents will have the opportunity to watch their children participate
in their groups. Many of the sessions will conclude with parent-child activities.
"The goals of the parent group are education, support and discussion,"
Zebrowski said. "The goals of the children's group are practicing 'easy'
or 'smooth' speech skills, and for older children, discussing various aspects
of talking and stuttering in a supportive environment."
She added, "For children who stutter and for their parents, a large
benefit of the group is the opportunity to meet and talk with others who share
their experiences and concerns."
For more information about the stuttering treatment program, call Zebrowski
at (319) 335-8735 or contact her by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.