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CONTACT: BETTY MERRIFIELD
University of Iowa Hospitals and Clincis
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 356-2154
E-mail: elizabeth-merrifield@uiowa.edu

Release:  April 15, 1999

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Children who need help with hearing and speaking can receive professional assistance again this summer through a program at the Children's Hospital of Iowa at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics.

The six-week summer clinic is for pre-school and primary grade students who have communication problems. The program is tailored to prepare children for speech pathology programs in their schools, or to provide a bridge during the summer months for those children who are already enrolled in assistance programs in their schools. Remedial and enrichment reading assistance is also provided.

The six-week program, administered by speech pathologist Betty Merrifield, begins June 14 and continues through July 23. At the conclusion, formal reports will be sent to parents for further coordination with the child's school program.

Five options are available for the length and frequency of the communication treatment sessions during the summer. Fees for the program vary according to the option selected. Health insurance may cover the cost, and some scholarships are available.

Further information is available by contacting Betty Merrifield at (319) 356-2154.