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Feb. 22, 2006

UI Summer Program Helps Children Bridge Language Gaps

Summer vacation puts some kids at risk of losing ground on progress they have made overcoming speech, language or reading problems during the school year. Parents may now enroll their children who need one-on-one skills assistance in a summer program at the University of Iowa Wendell Johnson Speech and Hearing Center in Iowa City.

The six-week Eastern Iowa Scottish RiteCare Program, which will be held from June 12 until July 20, helps children with problems ranging from mild to severe. The program is directed by Betty Merrifield, Ph.D., UI adjunct instructor in speech pathology and audiology.

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. Parents may observe sessions.

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