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 seventeen). Participants must be capable of working in small groups of two to four individuals. Participant age, the nature and severity of the communication disorder are considered prior to acceptance. Final enrollment is based on availability of services needed by each prospective applicant. Application acceptance begins in March. The deadline is April 15th 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.
Costs and Tuition
Our current tuition structure is $700 for half-day programs and $1400 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.