TSU speech camp gets kids talking

Speech clinician and Tennessee State University graduate student Amy Clifft helps 10-year-old Jackorian Love Roller identify stuttering patterns. / Brian Wilson / The Tennessean

Loud chatter flows from speech center classrooms at Tennessee State University’s Avon Williams campus, even though school is out.

That’s because, for 45 Nashville children, talking more and speaking clearly are summer goals.

Dozens of area children are coming to a free speech camp offered by TSU through next week. Most of the students, ages 5 to 12, were referred there by their schools.

“It’s really designed to help the child improve his or her communication skills and become good communicators,” said Tina Smith, the chair of TSU’s speech pathology department. “It also helps their self-esteem. It also helps build good communication with peers.”

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