CONTACT: BECKY SOGLIN
2130 Medical Laboratories
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 335-6660; fax (319) 335-9917
Release: April 5, 1999
UI summer programs can help people with communication
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Children and adults with speech, language,
hearing and reading problems may participate in expanded outpatient assistance
or updated residential programs this summer at the University of Iowa Wendell
Johnson Speech and Hearing Clinic.
The outpatient program will allow individuals in eastern
Iowa to receive treatment for their communication problems two to three times
weekly during the summer. The one-week intensive residential programs are
also important opportunities, particularly for Iowans who come from small
schools or rural communities where they may be the only people with a certain
type of communication problem, said Ann Michael, clinic director. "The updated
residential programs build on our 53-year tradition of helping Iowans and
others improve their communication and reading skills for home, work or school,"
UI graduate student-clinicians in the department of speech
pathology and audiology, under the direct supervision of certified and licensed
speech-language pathologists and audiologists, will provide therapy and assessments
in the programs. To discuss participation in the summer programs or to schedule
an evaluation, contact the Wendell Johnson Speech and Hearing Clinic at (319)
Beginning Monday, June 14, Speech Pathology and Audiology
Outpatient Clinical Services will be available for people with communication
problems. The services will include programs to help infants, toddlers and
preschool children with their emerging communication skills. The services
will also help school-age children continue their Individualized Educational
Plans (IEPs) so they can work on their communications skills during the summer.
Adult clients with communications problems will work toward functional communicative
goals. People of all ages with hearing impairments can receive individualized
attention to meet their unique communicative needs through the audiology outpatient
clinic, which will provide hearing assessments, hearing aid evaluations and
listening devices services.
The Summer Program to Build Successful Readers, a new
offering, will be June 14-July 16 to help children ages 5 to 7 who are at
risk for developing language and/or reading skills problems. To participate,
children must have a referral from a classroom teacher or an educational specialist.
The program will help children build and improve the foundations of reading,
such as vocabulary, decoding and comprehension skills.
A certified teacher will join the certified speech-language pathologists and
graduate students in the department to provide instruction. This new service
is a joint effort of the Wendell Johnson clinic and Breakthrough to Literacy,
Inc., a nationally recognized literacy program developed at the UI. The two
organizations are collaborating to create the Breakthrough to Literacy Institute,
which will be housed at the UI and formally launched in the fall. The new
summer reading program is one component of the institute, which will also
offer education for professionals and promote research.
Three one-week residential programs, all requiring referrals,
will provide children with intensive help for challenging communication problems.
Participants will live in one of the UI student dormitories and will be supervised
by a full-time, live-in counselor. In addition to formal instruction, the
children will participate in late afternoon and evening recreational activities,
such as bowling and trips to the park, so they may practice what they learn
during the day.
The three one-week residential programs are as follows:
From June 6 through June 11, the Intensive Stuttering
Program for Teens will help adolescents gain fluency. Teens will receive individualized
and group instruction. A special feature of the program is a follow-up visit
with camp participants about four to six weeks after they attend the program.
From June 13 through June 18, the Developmental Apraxia
of Speech (DAS) Program will help children ages 8 to 12 work on severe speech
problems. Participants will receive about five hours of therapy each day in
individual and group sessions. Each child's school clinician will be invited
to observe one of the therapy sessions, and parents can attend a parent conference
the last day of the program.
From June 27 through July 2, the Aural Rehabilitation
Intensive Summer Therapy Program for Children will help children age 8 to
12 who have severe to profound hearing impairments. Children who use hearing
aids or cochlear implants may enroll in this program. They will also receive
additional assistance from a child-care worker for all non-instruction tasks.