Camp TALKS- Talking And Learning with Kids who Stutter

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Camp TALKS

June 5-9, 2017

Department of Hearing and Speech Sciences Vanderbilt Bill Wilkerson Center

1215 21st Avenue South in Nashville

For children and teens who stutter, ages 8-16, and their families

The Summer Day Camp for Children Who Stutter at the Bill Wilkerson Center is an opportunity for children and teens who stutter and their families to meet and interact in an environment that is accepting, supportive, positive and fun.

It is a great opportunity for children to meet others their age who stutter, discuss stuttering openly, address the attitudes and emotions that may accompany their experiences with stuttering, practice tools for handling communication, and get real-world practice in a supportive group.

Our goal is to help children and teens who stutter become more confident communicators who are able to communicate how, where, when and with whom they want!

CAMP APPLICATION (ELECTRONIC)

CAMP APPLICATION (PAPER)

Cost of the camp is $500 for the week. A limited number of scholarships are available for families who qualify. Please contact Elizabeth Robinson at elizabeth.robinson@vanderbilt.edu or 615-936-7525 for a Camp TALKS scholarship request packet.

Comments from the campers:

"I will stop avoiding talking to people because of my stuttering."

"I liked that I was with a group of kids who also stutter and understand what I go through."

"I want to communicate now."

"There are a lot of people who stutter. I shouldnt be scared to talk."

"I will raise my hand more in class. "

"I will keep going no matter what."

"I will tell others I stutter instead of hiding it."

"I learned that its okay to meet new people. I met lots of new friends."

"Stuttering camp is fun!"

Comments from parents:

"My son has gained confidence I didnt know was possible. His willingness to own being a person with a stutter and accept himself made me thrilled."

"I learned to be patient."

"I learned a lot from sharing with other parents who are going through what I am going through."

"My son didnt complain about going to camp after the first day and shared some of the things he did in camp without me asking about it."

"Watching my child during the student play I realized she was okay and confident."

"What I liked best about camp was the excitement seen in my child looking forward to it daily."