The Davies School Will Offer a Free Summer Speech & Language Clinic

The clinic will focus on improving language and literacy skills.

A recent gift from Fort Worth Scottish Rite recently the Davies School will allow up to 20 children (pre-school children through those who will enter third grade) to receive free services during a three-week clinic at TCU’s Davies School of Communication Sciences & Disorders in June 2018.

“The focus of the 2018 summer clinic will be on improving language and literacy skills,” said Karen Hennington, a faculty member in the Davies School and the summer clinic director. “The clinic will bring children’s literature to life through interactive learning stations and special thematic events. Kids will learn to ‘lasso’ letters and words during Western Week, ‘explore’ new vocabulary during Space Week and ‘dive into’ reading during Ocean Week.”

The Summer Speech & Language Clinic at TCU will be divided into two different age groups, each with its own literacy focus. A preschool group for children ages 4 and 5 will work on literacy skills that are crucial for success in kindergarten. Children entering first through third grade will focus on strategies to improve reading fluency and word level decoding while also improving vocabulary and narrative skills.

The summer clinic will build on the enduring connection of TCU, the Davies School and the Fort Worth community. TCU’s Miller Speech & Hearing Clinic provides valuable speech, language and hearing assessment and treatment services to individuals in the Fort Worth community, both at the clinic and through community partners. The Davies School plans to build on this initial summer clinic to enable more children to benefit from these services in coming years.

“Language and speech impairments affect almost 8 percent of children between the ages of three and 17, which means there are a large number of kids who could benefit from a clinic like this,” said Christopher Watts, director of the Davies School. “This gift from Scottish Rite will allow us to create an opportunity for children in the Fort Worth community which will impact their lives in a substantial way.”