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May 13, 2005

UI Summer Program Helps Children With Speech, Language, Reading

Children with speech, language or reading problems can get one-on-one assistance with these skill areas this summer at the University of Iowa Wendell Johnson Speech and Hearing Center.

Parents may now enroll their children for the six-week Summer Speech and Reading Program, which will be held from June 13 until July 21. The program is directed by Betty Merrifield, Ph.D.

Children must be enrolled for a minimum of one 60-minute session per week or two 30-minute sessions per week. However, parents may sign their children up for more therapy.

All therapy sessions will be conducted by certified speech pathologists. The fee for six one-hour sessions is $400. Some health insurance benefits may be applicable, and scholarships are available for eligible children.

The scholarship support is provided by Eastern Iowa Scottish Rite Masons.

For more information, contact the Wendell Johnson Center at 319-335-8736 or contact Betty Merrifield by e-mail at An online brochure is available at

The Wendell Johnson Speech and Hearing Center is located in the Department of Speech Pathology and Audiology within the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa Health Science Relations, 5137 Westlawn, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-1178

PROGRAM ENROLLMENT: University of Iowa Wendell Johnson Speech and Hearing Center at 319-335-8736 or Betty Merrifield at

MEDIA CONTACT: Becky Soglin, 319 335-6660