CONTACT: BECKY SOGLIN
2130 Medical Laboratories
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 335-6660; fax (319) 335-8034
Release: Aug. 27, 1999
UI offers free screenings for children at risk for
reading, writing difficulties
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The University of Iowa Wendell
Johnson Speech and Hearing Center will offer free screenings to identify children
ages 4 1/2 to 6 who are at risk for developing reading and writing problems.
The screenings will be Mondays and Tuesdays, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., from Aug. 30
to Sept. 28.
Children with language delays and/or a family history
of reading problems are candidates for the 45-minute screening procedure.
Center staff will provide results and recommendations for follow-up care.
The screening program is a new service, said Ann Michael, Ph.D., center director.
"Based on current research, we can better identify
kids who have potential risks for reading and writing disabilities," Michael
said. "We know more about what to look for, and early intervention is always
the best practice."
For more information, call Ann Michael at (319) 335-8698
or to make an appointment, call (319) 335-8736.