ELIZABETHTON – East Tennessee State University’s Nave Language Center will hold several summer camps beginning in June, including an initial, week-long camp of fun and learning designed specifically for children who have hearing loss.
The first camp, “Adventure in the Land of Listening and Language,” will be held June 24-28 from 9 a.m.-noon, and enrollment is open only to children ages 3-10 who have hearing loss. Themed learning activities will focus on listening and spoken language development using art, music, stories, gardening and water play. Activities will promote social interaction among peers, and a training session for parents will be included.
The camp leaders will be Marie Johnson and Dr. Pat Chase, faculty members in the ETSU Department of Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology, housed in the College of Clinical and Rehabilitative Health Sciences. Johnson is a speech-language pathologist and Chase is an audiologist.
The cost is $125, and space is limited. Daily snacks will be provided for campers. For more information or to enroll a child, call Johnson or Chase at (423) 439-4355 or 439-4585.
Five additional camps, each lasting four days, will benefit children with academic challenges, learning disabilities and/or communication difficulties, as well as those who need a structured summer program to maintain or learn new skills. These camps will be led by Teresa Boggs, who is director of clinical services for ETSU’s speech-language pathology program. Children ages 5-12 will receive hands-on teaching that is interactive and designed to meet each participant’s unique educational and life-skill needs, such as cognitive development, academic enhancement and recreation. Programs will incorporate music, books, gardening and play, as well as community outings.
Camps will be held 8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., and half-day programs are available. Snacks and water will be provided, but children will need to bring a packed lunch. Cost is $175 for each camp, and $100 for half-day enrollment. For more information, call Boggs at (423) 547-4915.
“Art Smart” will be held July 1-4. Participants will enjoy different forms of art, including sculpting, painting and dance. The Princeton Arts Center will host some events.
“Music to My Ears” lasts from July 8-11, with programs that will explore various genres of music, musical instruments, dancing and songs. Visitors will offer instruction in dance, music and yoga.
During “About Our Community,” from July 15-18, participants will learn about their community, with emphasis on safety signs and functional communication.
In “Science Made Fun,” from July 22-25, the focus will be on environmental activities, with rocks, biology and weather components, as well as the opportunity to participate in science experiments and cooking activities. A park ranger will visit the class.
ETSU storytellers will visit during “Read to Me,” and children will focus on improving pre-literary and reading skills through the utilization of a variety of books. It runs fromJuly 29-Aug. 1.
At all Nave Center summer camps, staff will include graduate students from the university’s speech-language pathology program; student interns and undergraduate and graduate students from a variety of departments at the university; and paraprofessionals from area school systems and professionals from throughout the community.
The Nave Center is located at 1000 Jason Witten Way in Elizabethton.