Summer Programs in Stuttering

Toni Cilek and Patricia Zebrowski, Clinical Coordinators

UI SPEAKS (University of Iowa Summer Program to Educate Adolescents and Kids who Stutter) offers two summer programs: one for elementary school children and another for teens who stutter. The camps are held at the Wendell Johnson Speech and Hearing Clinic at the University of Iowa.

UI SPEAKS supports participants as they:

  • Explore what stuttering is, and what it is not
  • Become aware of their own unique way of stuttering
  • Make decisions about what changes they would like to make in either speaking or stuttering, or both
  • Problem-solve, and identify and learn to use strategies to increase speech fluency
  • Practice, practice, practice (particularly in a variety of communication situations)

For Elementary School-Aged Children: The camp is a one-week intensive program for children from ages 8-12 who stutter, scheduled June 5-9, 2017.  In addition, 4 one-day follow up sessions are held as part of this program on June 19, 20, 26 and 27, 2017. Therapy includes individual and group sessions which may incorporate previously established speech goals and/or, as appropriate, development of additional strategies to facilitate change in the child's speech. Further, consultation with parents and school-based services is available and encouraged.

For more information, contact
Toni Cilek, MA, CCC-SLP
(319) 335-8744

The 2017 flyer and application form (both in pdf) are available on-line.

Poster from 2016.

For teenagers ages 13-18 who stutter: The camp a week-long intensive, residential program. The dates for 2017 are June 4-10. Our program is designed to give teenagers who stutter a safe and supportive place in which to “let stuttering out.” By doing this, we help them to study their stuttering so we can guide them in making decisions about how they want to manage their speech. We accomplish this through an intensive therapy format that includes five hours of daily individual and group therapy, including numerous opportunities to practice specific speech “tools” in various situations in and outside of the clinic.

The 2017 flyer (in pdf) and application form (in Microsoft Word) are available on-line.

For more information, contact
Patricia Zebrowski, PhD, CCC-SP
(319) 335-8735