UNT summer speech, communication and literacy programs get kids school-ready

UNT's Speech and Hearing Center is offering three summer programs to help young children, up to age 12, improve their language and literacy skills.

“The more exposure children get to language and reading material over time, the quicker they learn,” said Theresa Kouri, clinical director for Speech-Language Pathology at UNT. “Children can regress in various academic, language and reading areas if they are not exposed to learning activities and programs over the summer months.

She added that the activities are fun and engaging.

“These summer programs are very important for kids because they provide a social group atmosphere in which children can interact with other children and continue practicing language and literacy skills,” she said. “Many of the children who regularly come here have increased their reading levels by two or more grades in less than a year.”

The Dallas and Fort Worth Scottish Rite Masons Foundations helps with funding for the programs so that many of the children who participate can attend at a reduced rate. Details about the available camps are below.

What: UNT’s Camp Communicate, a five-day summer camp for that pairs children with UNT graduate student clinics who will tailor speech and language enrichment activities to each child’s communication level.

  • Who: The camp is for children ages 5 to 12.
  • When: June 4 to 8 (Monday to Friday), from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. each day.
  • Where: The Pohl Recreation Center located at 1900 Chestnut Street on the UNT campus.
  • Cost/Registration: Early bird registration costs $100 per child until May 18. After that, the price increases to $125 per child. Space is available on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • Contact: The UNT Speech and Hearing Center or Kathy Shelby at 940-565-2262.

 

What: UNT’s School-Aged Literacy Program, an intensive program designed to improve children’s competence in reading, writing and language skills. The program gives students a combination of one-on-one attention and group therapy sessions twice a week.

  • Who: For second through seventh grade children.   
  • When: Sessions are available on Tuesdays and Thursdays from June 12 to August 2. Large group therapy session occur from 11 a.m. to noon both days. Additionally, two times slots are available for individual therapy sessions on both days: 10 to 11 a.m. or noon to 1 p.m.
  • Where: The UNT Speech and Hearing Center, located at 907 W. Sycamore St. on the UNT campus.
  • Cost/Registration: Enrollment costs are based on UNT Speech and Hearing Center service fees, sliding fee scale guidelines and partial scholarship support, which will be specifically determined for each participant. Please call to discuss. Space is available on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • Contact: The UNT Speech and Hearing Center or Kathy Shelby at 940-565-2262.

What: UNT’s Pre-K - First Grade Language Literacy Enrichment Program, a series of interactive group sessions that help young children improve the language, phonemic awareness and literacy skills necessary for a successful transition into kindergarten and first grade academic curriculum.

  • Who: The program is for children aged 4 to 7 in pre-kindergarten, kindergarten or first grade.
  • When: Sessions are available on Tuesdays and Thursdays from June 12 to August 2, from 9 to 11 a.m. both days.
  • Where: The UNT Speech and Hearing Center, located at 907 W. Sycamore St. on the UNT campus.
  • Cost/Registration: Enrollment costs are based on UNT Speech and Hearing Center service fees, sliding fee scale guidelines and partial scholarship support, which will be specifically determined for each participant. Please call to discuss. Space is available on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • Contact: The UNT Speech and Hearing Center or Kathy Shelby at 940-565-2262.