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University of Iowa News Release

April 14, 2004

UI Summer Program Can Help Children With Speech, Language, Reading

Children with speech, language or reading problems can get one-on-one assistance with these skill areas this summer at the University of Iowa Wendell Johnson Speech and Hearing Center.

Parents may now enroll their children for the six-week Summer Speech and Reading Program, which will be held from June 14 until July 23. The program is directed by Betty Merrifield, Ph.D.

Children must be enrolled for a minimum of one 60-minute session per week or two 30-minute sessions per week. However, parents may sign their children up for more therapy.

All therapy sessions will be conducted by certified speech pathologists. The fee for six one-hour sessions is $400. Some health insurance benefits may be applicable, and a limited number of scholarships are available.

For more information, contact the Wendell Johnson Center at 319-335-8718 or e-mail Betty Merrifield, Ph.D., program coordinator, at elizabeth-merrifield@uiowa.edu.

The Wendell Johnson Speech and Hearing Center is located in the Department of Speech Pathology and Audiology within the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. Visit the department online at http://www.shc.uiowa.edu/.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa Health Science Relations, 5137 Westlawn, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-1178

CONTACTS: Program Enrollment: University of Iowa Wendell Johnson Speech and Hearing Center at 319-335-8718 or Betty Merrifield at elizabeth-merrifield@uiowa.edu; Media Only: Becky Soglin, 319-335-6660, becky-soglin@uiowa.edu