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Release: March 28, 2000

Wendell Johnson Clinic offers summer programs in speech, language, hearing, reading

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Children and adults with speech, language, hearing or reading problems may participate in outpatient assistance programs this summer at the University of Iowa Wendell Johnson Speech and Hearing Clinic.

Speech Pathology and Audiology Summer Outpatient Clinical Services will be available May 15–July 31 for people with communication problems.

The services will help infants, toddlers and preschool children with their emerging communication skills. Programs can also assess school-age children or help them continue their Individualized Educational Plans. Appropriate treatment programs can be developed for children who previously have not been in treatment. Treatment session time and length are flexible in order to accommodate children's summer schedules.

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 hearing assessments, hearing aid evaluations and listening devices services. In addition, people may be eligible for aural rehabilitation services.

The Summer Reading Program will be June 12–July 7 to help children ages 5 to 8 who are at risk for developing language and/or reading skills problems. The program, which will meet from 9 to 11:30 a.m. Monday through Friday, will help children build and improve the foundations of reading and writing, such as vocabulary, decoding and comprehension skills.

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, said Ann Michael, Ph.D., clinic director.

To discuss participation in the summer programs or to schedule an evaluation, contact the UI Wendell Johnson Speech and Hearing Clinic at (319) 335-8736.