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May 7, 2008

Scottish RiteCare summer program helps children with speech, reading

Summer vacation can put some children in preschool or primary school at risk of losing ground overcoming speech, language or reading problems. Parents may now enroll their children with mild to severe communication problems in a one-on-one skills assistance summer program at the University of Iowa Wendell Johnson Speech and Hearing Center in Iowa City.

The six-week Eastern Iowa Scottish RiteCare Program will offer sessions from June 16 to July 24. Children must be enrolled for a minimum of one 60-minute session per week or two 30-minute sessions per week. Additional sessions also are available.

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 from the Eastern Iowa Scottish Rite Masons are available for eligible children.

The program is directed by Betty Merrifield, Ph.D., UI adjunct instructor of communication sciences and disorders at the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

For more information, contact the Wendell Johnson Center at 319-335-8736, contact Betty Merrifield by e-mail at or visit online at (click on "Scottish RiteCare").

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

MEDIA CONTACTS: University of Iowa Wendell Johnson Speech and Hearing Center, 319-335-8736; Betty Merrifield,; Becky Soglin, UI Health Science Relations, 319-335-6660,