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Sept. 26, 2007

Oct. 20 workshop can help children and teens who stutter

An all-day workshop will be held Saturday, Oct. 20, at the University of Iowa for children and teens who stutter, along with their families and professionals who treat the condition. The deadline for early registration is Oct. 6. Adults who stutter also are encouraged to enroll.

The event is co-sponsored by Friends -- National Association of Young People Who Stutter -- and the Department of Speech Pathology and Audiology in the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. It is the first time the two groups have co-hosted such an event, which will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Wendell Johnson Speech and Hearing Center, located at 250 Hawkins Drive on the UI health sciences campus in Iowa City.

The workshop will feature separate events for young people and adults and focus on ways to increase confidence communicating. In addition, parents and other family members can learn how to effectively support children through networks and strategies and meet other parents to share experiences. Speech language pathologists and students can learn more about interventions, support and management.

Facilitators and presenters include Tricia Zebrowski, Ph.D., UI associate professor of speech pathology and audiology; Toni Cilek, UI clinical associate professor of speech pathology; Julie Gasway, a speech language pathologist currently in private practice; Steffi Schopick, speech language pathologist for primary preschool and school-age children; and Lee Caggiano, co-founder and director of Friends.

Continuing education units are available for qualified professionals. A block of hotels rooms have been reserved at the Heartland Inn, 2nd street in nearby Coralville. The deadline for making room reservations is Oct. 12.

For more information or to enroll, contact Tricia Zebrowski at or 319-335-8735. The registration fee includes lunch.

Friends is a national volunteer organization created to provide a network of support for children and teenagers who stutter, their families and the professionals who work with them. Visit the organization online at

To learn more about stuttering treatment and research at the UI, visit

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

MEDIA CONTACTS: Tricia Zebrowski, UI Speech Pathology and Audiology, 319-335-8735,; Becky Soglin, Health Science Relations, 319-335-6660