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Fontbonne Camp Gives Kids a Voice

ST. LOUIS - Fontbonne University's Department of Communication Disorders and Deaf Education will host an Augmentative and Alternative Communication Family Theater Camp this weekend, July 17-19. The camp gives children who use augmentative communication and their siblings the opportunity to produce a play, which will be performed live at 11 a.m. on Sunday, July 19. The event also provides parents with information in a mini-camp format in diverse areas such as family issues, special education law and nutrition.

Nearly 10 million Americans have a speech, language and/or hearing disorder. "People with severe speech or language problems rely on Augmentative and Alternative Communication to supplement existing speech or replace speech that is not functional," says the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association." Special augmentative aids, such as picture and symbol communication boards and electronic devices, are available to help people express themselves. This may increase social interaction, school performance, and feelings of self-worth."

On Sunday, July 19, the public is invited to view the performance in the Black Box Theater in Fontbonne's Fine Arts Building at 11 a.m.

To learn more about the Family Theater Camp or about Fontbonne's Department of Communication Disorders and Deaf Education, contact Jan Johnson at 314-348-5264 or

Fontbonne University is a Catholic coeducational institution of higher education offering liberal arts and professional programs, as well as accelerated formats for busy adults. Fontbonne was founded in 1923 and is sponsored by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet.