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Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine

Speech and Hearing Sciences

Camp Candoo

Camp Candoo is an intensive speech therapy and early literacy summer camp for children ages 5-8 with childhood apraxia of speech (CAS) or other severe speech disorders held at the WSU Spokane campus.

Read The Spokesman-Review article about Camp Candoo, hosted by the Speech and Hearing Sciences department for kids with speech disorders.

Watch the KREM 2 News feature on Camp Candoo, the nine-day camp for kids with speech disorders.

Visit Northwest Public Television to learn more about Camp Candoo.

Dates: June 19-29, 2017. Applications will be accepted beginning January 9, 2017 and will be open until filled.

Cost $900/two-week session. A $50 deposit is required by May 1 to reserve a position once your child has been accepted. Tuition includes evaluation and materials. Please contact Shyla Rogers at 509-828-1324 for questions about billing.

This nine-day camp includes an assessment on the first day followed by eight days of individual and group therapy:

  • Each camper will receive 60 minutes of individual therapy daily in two separate treatment sessions. Sessions will target specific speech goals for each camper. Therapy will be based on the Dynamic Tactile Temporal Cueing¹ (DTTC) approach based on principles of motor learning.
  • In small group therapy, campers will have opportunities to practice their speech goals in different settings and work on early reading skills using a Phonic Faces² approach. One-to-one support will be provided.
  • In large group therapy, campers will practice their social communication goals and reinforce sound-letter awareness during snack and activity time. One-to-one support will be provided.
  • Three parent education sessions will be held concurrent to the 11:30/3:30 small group therapy session. Tentative topics will include, but are not limited to, the connection between speech and reading, differential diagnosis of speech disorders, school advocacy and IEPs. Topics will be chosen according to parent interests.

Our morning group is geared toward pre-literacy skills and younger children. Our afternoon group focuses on early literacy skills.

Camp Schedule

Before Camp
Each camper will be paired with a student clinician, who will develop rapport with your child prior to camp via Internet chat or pre-chat visit.

First Day of Camp
Your child will have a one-hour individual assessment as scheduled and a getting-to-know-each-other family activity.

During Camp
Schedule for days 2-8:

Morning SessionAfternoon Session 
8:45 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.12:45 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.Arrive at clinic
9:00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.1:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.Small group
9:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.1:30 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.Individual therapy
10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.Snack and large group
11:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.3:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.Individual therapy
11:30 a.m. - Noon3:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.Small group
11:45 a.m. - Noon3:45 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.Parent debrief

Schedule for day 9:

Morning SessionAfternoon Session 
8:45 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.12:45 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.Arrive at clinic
9:00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.1:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.Small group
9:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.1:30 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.Individual therapy
10:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.2:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.Small group
10:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.Assessment
11:30 a.m. - Noon3:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.Graduation

Washington State University and Eastern Washington University work collaboratively to offer excellent research-based clinical teaching and training. Therapy will be provided by graduate level clinicians who are supervised by Drs. Amy Meredith and Nancy Potter, certified speech-language pathologists and well-known experts in the field of childhood motor speech disorders with more than 50 years of combined clinical experience.


  1. Strand E., Stoeckel R., Baas B. (2006). Treatment of severe childhood apraxia of speech: A treatment efficacy study. J Med Sp Lang Path. 14(4) 297-307.
  2. Norris, J. (2003) Phonic Faces. Baton Rouge, LA. EleMentory Publications.


Contact Us

Dr. Amy Meredith
Speech and Hearing Sciences
WSU Health Sciences Spokane
P.O. Box 1495
Spokane, WA 99202-2131

Camp Candoo Application

To apply for Camp Candoo, complete the application form. For children not being seen in our clinic, please send short video clips, totaling approximately 3-5 minutes of your child communicating in different settings, including home and speech therapy. Admissions will be on a rolling basis. Camp will be limited to seven children per session. Additional children who qualify will be placed on a wait list.

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