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Release: March 7, 2001

Wendell Johnson Center offers summer programs

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Children and adults with speech, language, hearing or reading problems may participate in clinical services this summer at the University of Iowa Wendell Johnson Speech and Hearing Center.

-- The Speech Pathology and Audiology Summer Outpatient Clinical Services will be available during June and July for people of all ages with communication problems.

The services can help infants, toddlers and preschool children with their emerging communication skills. Programs can also assess school-age children or help them continue their Individualized Educational Plans. Appropriate treatment programs can be developed for children who previously have not been in treatment. Treatment session time and length are flexible in order to accommodate children's summer schedules.

Adult clients with communications problems will work toward functional communicative goals.

People of all ages with hearing impairments can receive individualized attention to meet their unique communicative needs through hearing assessments, hearing aid evaluations and listening devices services. In addition, people may be eligible for aural rehabilitation services.

-- The Summer Reading Program will be June 25 through July 13 to help children in second and third grades who are having difficulty developing language and/or reading skills. The program will meet from 9 to 11:30 a.m. Monday through Friday. Children will receive help to build and improve their foundations of reading and writing, such as vocabulary, decoding and comprehension skills.

UI graduate student-clinicians in the department of speech pathology and audiology, under the direct supervision of certified and licensed speech-language pathologists and audiologists, will provide therapy and assessments in the programs, said Ann Michael, Ph.D., clinic director.

To discuss participation in the summer programs or to schedule an evaluation, contact the UI Wendell Johnson Speech and Hearing Center at (319) 335-8736.

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