Who can apply?

The Summer Speech-Language Specialty Clinics for Children are designed for children and adolescents with communication disorders who can benefit from an intensive intervention program. Individuals enrolled in the Summer Specialty Clinics often receive more intervention during this intense five-week program than they do in a nine-month school year. Limited housing is available on campus for out-of-town families wishing to accompany their children.

Participation is open to children 3-14 with a wide variety of communication challenges, including:

  • Developmental language disorders
  • Articulation disorders and phonological impairments
  • Voice disorders
  • Speech disorders related to cleft lip and palate
  • Motor speech disorders
  • Autistic spectrum disorders
  • Hearing impairments
  • Stuttering/fluency impairments

Clinical sessions are half-day (full day optional for ages seven through fourteen). Participants must be capable of working in small groups of two to four individuals. Participant age, nature, and severity of the communication disorder are considered prior to acceptance. Final enrollment is based on the availability of services needed by each prospective applicant. Application acceptance begins in March. The deadline is May 1st to assure consideration. Late applications will be processed on a space available basis. Due to limited space, early application is highly recommended. Pre-clinic evaluations are conducted at Central Michigan University during May and June to determine intervention goals and approaches for each applicant, as well as the appropriateness of our summer program. Camp dates are from June 28 through August 3, 2017 with Monday, July 3 and Tuesday, July 4 there is no camp due to the holiday.

Costs and Tuition

Our current tuition structure is $700 for half-day programs and $1, 400 for the full-day program. Families often obtain significant financial assistance from community service clubs or state agencies. A list of resources is available upon request from the Director of the Summer Speech-Language Specialty Clinics. Early and personal contact with such groups is strongly recommended.

Summer Specialty Clinic Application Forms

Forms this year are available as fillable or printable. We are trying something new this year. To simplify the process, we have combined some forms and made them so that you can type right into the form (fillable), save them, and then email them into SSC. Please let us know what you think of the changes.

Please fill out the forms, save them, and email them to MaryBeth Smith, SSC Director, at smith4m@cmich.edu. Or print and mail/fax the forms to:

MaryBeth Smith
Central Michigan University
Health Professions Building 2189
Mount Pleasant, MI 48859
Fax #  989-774-2799

In addition to these forms, please send a current IEP and speech-language therapy report from your child's current speech-language pathologist.

If you have any questions, please contact MaryBeth Smith at 989-774-2877.

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2017 SSC Enrollment Application  - Please submit first
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1. Emergency/Contact/Medical/Pickup Authorization Form
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2. Daily Living/Social Skills Parent Assessment Form
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3. Financial Assistance Request Form
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