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March 3, 2016, The News- Page 23 Summer Camps, Programs and Activities

Vanderbilt Bill Wilkerson Center to run day camp for children who stutter Camp TALKS (Talking And

Learning with Kids who Stutter) at the Bill Wilkerson Center is an opportunity for children and teens (ages 8-16) who stutter to make friends in an environment that is accept- ing, supportive, positive and fun. It will be a great opportuni- ty for young people to meet oth- ers their age who stutter and discuss stuttering openly in a safe and understanding place. Activities at the camp will pro- vide real-world communication practice in a supportive group. Specially-trained speech-lan-

guage pathologists along with several speech-language pathol- ogy graduate students will con- duct the day camp activities. Morning sessions will be devot- ed to group intervention, with children learning tools for man- aging stuttering. Campers will also have a chance to talk about the emotional issues they expe- rience when trying to commu- nicate.

Afternoon sessions will

focus on real-world communi- cation practice with activities such as scavenger hunts, field trips, and group games. The goal of the camp is to help chil- dren and teens who stutter

become more confident commu- nicators who are able to com- municate how, where, when and with whom they want. Previous years’ campers

have had a wonderful time. Comments from those children include, "I learned that it’s okay to meet new people. I met lots of new friends." and "I will raise my hand more in class." One parent commented, "I learned a lot from sharing with other par- ents who are going through what I am going through." The Day Camp for Children Who Stutter will be held June 6- 10, 2016. For an application, or to see our new camp video, visit ingcamp. What is stuttering? Stuttering is a developmen-

tal disorder that affects approx- imately 1% of the world’s adult population. People who stutter typically know what they want to say, but because of subtle “mistimings” that occur as they put thoughts into spoken words, they struggle to get sounds, syllables, and words out in a fluent or easy manner. Although most people have some disfluencies every once in a while, people who stutter do

Campers and counselors write and perform plays as a part of the Camp for Children Who Stutter at Vanderbilt Bill Wilkerson Center.

so more often, for longer peri- ods of time, and often with signs of physical tension and struggle as they try to put their thoughts into words. As stutter- ing persists, a child might expe- rience social and emotional consequences that can influ- ence self-esteem and participa-

tion in activities. Stuttering can range from very mild to very severe, and change from day to day.

To find out more about stut- tering, visit the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association at or the Stuttering Foundation at For an appointment with a speech-lan- guage pathologist specializing in stuttering in children, call the Vanderbilt Bill Wilkerson Center Department of Hearing and Speech Sciences at 615-936- 5000.

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