Summer is just around the corner, and there is a buzz in the University of Toledo Speech-Language-Hearing Clinic (UTSLHC). That buzz is coming from the faculty and students of the Speech-Language Pathology program as they get set to launch a number of exciting summer programs for individuals with communication disorders.
“The summer clinical program at the University of Toledo brings together faculty expertise, student learning, and community needs to address several focused areas of speech treatment for populations of all ages. These programs are relatively cheap or free but are backed by current research that is being conducted at the University of Toledo,” says Dr. Caroline Menezes, Program Director of the UT Speech-Language Pathology Program.
Located on UT’s main campus and housed in the Health and Human Services building, the clinic provides diagnostic testing and therapy services for clients with speech, language, and/or hearing challenges. The UTSLHC has two primary purposes. First, it serves as a training facility for advanced undergraduate and graduate students preparing for careers in the field of speech-language pathology. Second, it provides high-quality, affordable speech-language and hearing services for the community.
This summer, the UTSLHC will be launching three new summer camp programs in its main campus clinic, as well as participating in two already popular specialty clinics. Local speech-language pathologist Elizabeth Maher and UT faculty member Katie Nelson will offer the Unique YAACkers summer camp for children who utilize electronic devices to communicate. This camp will take place from June 19-July 26 on Mondays and Wednesdays from 12:30-3:00 p.m. It will concentrate on building core vocabulary skills as well as developing peer-to-peer interactions through exciting and stimulating group activities.
Faculty member Adrienne Lange will be directing the clinic’s first ever Kindergarten Boot Camp, a summer camp experience for children at risk for speech, language, and/or reading difficulties who will be entering kindergarten in the fall. This program will run from July 5-27 on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 9:00-11:30 a.m. According to Mrs. Lange, “Children will benefit from fun and engaging large- and small-group activities focusing on speech sound production skills, vocabulary, basic concepts, following directions, sentence structure, and phonological awareness skills.”
Faculty members Dr. Emily Diehm and Dr. Lori Pakulski will direct the Time Travelers Summer Writing Workshop during the week of July 24-28 from 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. This program is designed to foster development and refinement of executive functioning skills (planning, time awareness and management, organization, goal-setting, self-awareness, problem-solving) and literacy skills (reading, spelling, and writing) for students with hearing loss and typical hearing peers. “We will take a student-led discovery approach, in which students will learn about historical people and places that are interesting to them,” says Dr. Diehm. This camp will culminate in a final presentation by the time travellers to family and friends, which will involve a short play and readings by the authors.
The clinic also has an ongoing relationship with the Northwest Ohio Stuttering Clinic (www.utoledo.edu/hhs/clinics/speech/stuttering/), which is directed by UT faculty member Dr. Rodney Gabel. During the summer, the NWOSC offers intensive stuttering clinics, one from July 10-21 for adolescents and adults and another from July 10-14 for children and their families. The Northwest Ohio Stuttering Clinic is housed within the UTSLHC.
With such a wide array of programs, the University of Toledo Speech-Language-Hearing Clinic has something to benefit adults and children with a variety of communication needs. For more information regarding these exciting summer camps, please call 419-530-4339. You can also visit “UT Speech Clinic" on Facebook or visit their website at: http://www.utoledo.edu/hhs/clinics/speech/.❦