For more than sixty-five years, the CMU Department of Communication Disorders has conducted the Summer Specialty Clinics for Children between the ages of three and seventeen years with challenges to communication. This unique day program has been maintained to provide:
  • A unique combination of communication intervention, social skill instruction, and psychological support for children who are communicatively challenged; and
  • A means of making the summer a successful transition from spring into fall: and
  • An educational and training experience for the graduate and undergraduate students in the Department of Communication Disorders, Central Michigan University.

Over the years, this highly regarded program has served more than 5,000 children, and has provided practical experience to more the 2,000 students pursuing careers in speech-language pathology, audiology, and American Sign Language.

A Day in the Life...

Our days at SSC are packed with activities! Sometimes indoors, sometimes outdoors, they're always fun...and they're always aimed at helping your child learn to communicate more effectively and confidently. Here's what a day in the life of a full-day SSC camper might look like: 

8:45 - Meet at the gathering spot
9:00 - Program parade
9:00-11:30 - Large group and small group breakouts
11:30-12:30 - Lunch and group activity
12:30-1:30 - Monday: Music and Art, Tuesday: Supported Physical Activity, Wednesday: Sign Language, Thursday: Supported Physical Activity, Friday: Weekly Speicial Activity (Carnival, Water Day, etc.)
1:30-3:00 - Large group and small group breakouts
3:00 - Meet at the gathering spot and head home!

(half-day campers have a similar, though shorter, schedule)