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CONTACT: BETTY MERRIFIELD
UI Hospitals and Clinics News
200 Hawkins Drive
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 356-2154
e-mail: elizabeth-merrifield@uiowa.edu

Release: Immediate

UIHC to offer Summer Speech Program for students with impairments

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics (UIHC) will again offer its Summer Speech Program for students with speech, language or hearing impairments.

During the school year many students with such impairments receive speech therapy in their home communities. However, during the summer months those services may not be available.

The Summer Speech Program fills that void by providing students an opportunity to continue their therapy during the summer months. The six-week program also prepares students who are scheduled to enroll in existing school programs or alerts schools to students who need services. The program for 1997 will run from June 16 to July 24.

"We work closely with speech and language pathologists in the schools," says Betty Merrifield, Ph.D., director of the division of speech pathology in the department of ediatrics at the UIHC. "We help the students maintain and enhance the gains they have already made so when school resumes in the fall they have not lost any ground, and they can continue to progress at the highest possible level."

Last summer, some 62 children ranging in age from two to 23 worked with six speech and language pathologists during the Summer Speech Program in Iowa City. Approximately half of that number of students lived in the Iowa City area. The others came from their homes in Keokuk, Des Moines, Boone, Ottumwa, Fort Madison and even Illinois.

Anyone who would like more information about the Summer Speech Program for the Speech/Language/Hearing Impaired may contact Dr. Merrifield by calling 319-356-2154, or by writing her at this address: Betty Merrifield, Ph.D., Department of Pediatrics, 200 Hawkins Drive 2447-8 JCP, Iowa City, IA 52242-1083.

4/17/97