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Release: Aug. 30, 2000

UI Wendell Johnson Center offers help for voice and communication disorders

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The University of Iowa Wendell Johnson Speech and Hearing Center will offer two expanded clinical evaluation and treatment services this fall. One program will help children and adults with voice problems, while the other will help adults with neurogenic communication disorders -- communication problems resulting from stroke, head injury or progressive neurological disorders such as Parkinson's disease.

Beginning the week of Aug. 28, people can take advantage of these evaluation and treatment services. Appointments are available from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, and evening appointments may also be arranged.

"We can help many different types of people with voice disorders, particularly those who use their voices professionally," said Ann Fennell, UI clinical assistant professor of speech pathology and audiology.

Fennell, who joined the UI faculty in June, noted that singers, actors, teachers, clergy and lawyers are professionals who may develop voice problems.

The Wendell Johnson Center also will offer clinical services to adults with neurogenic communication disorders, including aphasia, which affects more than one million Americans.

"Aphasia is typically caused by stroke and impairs a person's ability to speak, comprehend speech and, in some cases, read and write," said Fennell, who directs both the voice and neurogenic communication disorders services.

For more information about the services, call the Wendell Johnson Center at (319) 335-8736.