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Speech and Hearing Summer Programs

Available for both children and adults, these two-week sessions take place during the summer to help individuals with speech, literacy and language skills at a variety of levels.

Services will be provided by graduate student clinicians under the guidance and supervision of UGA faculty members with all relevant experience, state licensure and national certification in speech-language pathology, elementary education and special education. To ensure quality of service, program enrollment will be limited.

Parents, partners, caregivers or other loved ones are encouraged to observe or participate during part or all of the program. A parent or other adult is required to stay with any participant who cannot use the toilet independently.

2021 Programs

“READawgs” Group(s)

Upper elementary to middle school grades (3-5 and 6-8 grade groups). These groups will meet twice per week, focusing on language/literacy skills in the context of high interest fiction and non-fiction reading materials.

Evidence-based interventions for improved vocabulary, fluency, and reading comprehension will be emphasized, including instruction and implementation of learning strategies to enhance overall reading abilities. Meets two times a between June 21 and July 30.

“Ruff-Drafts” Writing Group(s)

Middle school to high school grades (6-8 and 9-12 grade groups). These groups will meet twice per week, focusing on language-literacy skills in the context of personally relevant written expression.

Evidence-based interventions for development of writing skills will be emphasized, including instruction and implementation of learning strategies for all stages of the writing process (planning, composition, and proofreading/editing). Meets two times a week between June 21 and July 30.

“Dawg Tales” Reading Group

Early elementary (grades 1-2). This group will meet twice per week, focusing on language-literacy skills for early elementary reading development. The National Reading Panel’s “Big 5” essential areas for successful early reading will be emphasized.

Evidence-based interventions will focus on phonemic awareness, phonics, reading fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension, all in the context of exciting, fun summer reading with theme-based activities! Meets two times a week between June 21 and July 30.

Chatterpups Parent-Toddler Language Group

For late talkers and their family members, this once weekly parent-toddler language group is led by a certified SLP and will focus on teaching a different language-boosting strategy each week, with guided play-based practice in context with your toddler.

This group will meet one hour per week on Thursdays at 10 a.m. for a 6-week session on these dates: 6/17, 7/1, 7/8, 7/15, 7/22, & 7/29. ($180 semester fee for summer session.)

Paw Pals

Speech Camp (for rising K and 1st grade) 5 mornings/ week of June 21-25 from 9 a.m. to noon each day; in-person camp with a Camping/Great Outdoors theme.

This camp will provide individual, small group, and large group speech sound, language, and literacy learning experiences to help build children’s vocabulary, phonological awareness, concepts of print, and speech sound skills. Please send your child with a water bottle each day.

Dawg Talk Aphasia Group

This group meets weekly to focus on supporting adults with Aphasia in their language, cognitive, and social skill generalization.

Anything is Pawsible Augmentative & Alternative Communication (AAC) Camp

This camp needs at least 4 campers to be held, and is an AAC immersion camp in which children are immersed in a thematic camp experience with extensive modeling of AAC use in independent, small group, and whole group activities focusing on vocabulary, social use of language, and building communication competence. Campers of all ages are invited to apply, and age-based groups will be created once campers are registered. Date & time TBD based on campers' preferred times/availability.

Wagging Tales Book Club

This is an interactive and fun book club for any elementary aged child (general target is between 1st and 4th grades).

This is a Hybrid group with a goal of increasing children’s motivation to read. Children can attend in person at Aderhold Hall on UGA Campus, or virtually via Zoom. Book Club meetings will be held on Monday afternoons at 3 p.m. from June 22 to July 27 (no meeting week of July 4). There is no cost to attend book club.

Accent Modification Group

This group meets once weekly during business hours for group sessions, as well as once a month in the evenings for game nights. The accent modification is for adults who are working on increasing the qualify of their spoken expression. There is a semester fee associated with this group.

Smooth Dawgs Fluency Groups

There are several different age ranges for Smooth Dawgs fluency groups, ranging from young children to adults. Smooth Dawgs supports clients who are working to increase fluency of speech and reduce stuttering.

Coming Soon: Parkinson’s Voice Groups

LOUD Crowd! groups will be offered to any adult patients who have completed the SPEAK OUT! treatment program. Dates and times TBD.

Note: There will be no camps or groups the week of July 4th, 2021.

Please call us for more information or to register for any of these groups at (706) 542-4598.

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