TEXAS TECH UNIVERSITY HEALTH SCIENCES CENTER OFFERS CAMP TO HELP CHILDREN WITH STUTTERING DISABILITIES

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 13, 2005
CONTACT: Suzanna Martinez, suzanna.martinez@ttuhsc.edu or Lindsay Davis, lindsay.davis@ttuhsc.edu


The Department of Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center is offering Camp Tech Talkers, a camp designed for the school-age boy or girl who has stuttering problems. The camp is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 20-24.

The camp is under the direction of Judith P. Keller, speech language pathologist. She is the clinical coordinator of the Department of Communication Disorders at the Health Sciences Center. She has been working in the area of fluency for 13 years, and she currently works individually with adults and children that have fluency disorders. Keller has also received board recognition in fluency disorders.

“At the end of four and a half days, the children may still have a stuttering problem, but they will feel better about themselves, have a better understanding about the speech disorder, and develop better coping strategies for teasing and bullying.” Keller said. “There are many strategies we teach to help with stuttering, but the children must continue to practice them.”

Children between the ages of 7-13 are most appropriate for this camp, but those who are slightly younger or older will be considered and accepted conditionally. The cost of the camp is $300, and a $50 deposit is required.

Children attending the camp will have the opportunity to attend individual sessions, field trips and classes, and there will be many chances to work with other children who have similar speech characteristics. The children will work and talk together to learn fluency enhancing strategies. They will also be encouraged to develop positive self images.

Parents are invited to attend an evening session to learn more about the disorder of stuttering from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. June 21. They will learn strategies to help children maintain skills that they learn at the camp.

For more information or to register for the camp, call Keller at 743-5678.