Buffalo Hearing & Speech Center and UB’s Speech-Language Pathology Clinic are proud of a new program called “Communication Café for Teens: Brewing Your Potential.” The goal of the program is to help teens ages 16-19, develop social language skills in a dynamic social environment. Program instructors use research based techniques that are a blend of creative arts and individually tailored activities to help teens gain confidence in applying their strengthened communication skills in different social and vocational settings.

“There is a real need for programs for teens and young adults who struggle with social communication due to autism or related conditions. The teen café will help give them to tools to help them meet their goals such as entering the workforce learning a trade, living more independently or continuing their education as they prepare to transition from high school,” commented Amy Bamrick, director of clinical services for Buffalo Hearing & Speech Center

By combining their expertise and successful outcomes, BHSC and UB offer a unique supportive service that is desperately needed as teenagers age out of academic settings. It will also train aspiring speech-language pathology graduate clinicians address the needs and strengths of this under-served population. Both organizations hope to eventually make this program available to schools or other supportive agencies.

The Café will be located at University of Buffalo Speech and Hearing Clinic, 52 Biomedical Education Building on the UB South Campus, and meetings will take place from Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays July 7-30 from 10am-1pm. Learn more about how your teen can be a part of the Communication Café for Teens program by calling Amy Bamrick at 716.885.8318, extension 2240, and visit www.askbhsc.org.