Published June 5, 2014
The Department of Communicative Disorders and Sciences will offer a number of creative and fun intensive speech and language programs July 8 to Aug. 7 for school-age children and adolescents who have any of a wide range of communication difficulties.
The programs will help students with such issues as stuttering, delayed speech development and problems with social language skills and stubborn pronunciation errors involving specific sounds. Language assistance also will be offered to children with Autism Spectrum Disorder.
Free eligibility screening will take place by appointment until June 12; appointments can be made by calling 716-829-5575 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Six 15-session programs, each addressing one of the issues cited above, will be offered. Each will be 1½ hours long and take place three days a week. All but one will finish by 1 p.m.
The tuition rate for each program is $300, but fees will be determined by a sliding scale and limited tuition scholarships are available to eligible families unable to pay the full fee. Unlike prior years, medical insurance will not be billed for these programs.
Students who do not meet the eligibility requirements for their program of choice may be offered other treatment options, including individual therapy in the department’s clinic subject to availability.
The program coordinator is Susan Felsenfeld, clinical assistant professor in the Department of Communicative Disorders and Sciences.
“Many of the children we’re trying to reach have been undergoing individualized speech therapy,” Felsenfeld says. “What is unique about these programs is that they offer the children and adolescents an opportunity for intensive therapy in a social setting.
“We’ll offer activities in which they practice articulation, for example, but in a group setting. Sometimes children who have gone through speech therapy are still having trouble in middle school and high school with, for example, the R sound, or they may still have a lisp or they stutter,” she says.
“Some students may not qualify for therapy in school because their speech issue is too mild. But all of these children — from those with mild problems to those with more pronounced problems — could benefit from these programs.”
The programs offered are: