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Speech-Language Services

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The Utah State University Speech-Language-Hearing Center provides a full range of evaluation and treatment services to both children and adults of all ages in the community with speech, language, and hearing impairments in the following areas:

  • Accent Reduction (when related to school or job performance)
  • Alternative and augmentative communication
  • Articulation (speech sound errors)
  • Aural rehabilitation for clients with cochlear implants and/or hearing aids
  • Cognition (including services for attention, memory, and reasoning problems due to brain injury or disease)
  • Fluency / Stuttering
  • Receptive and Expressive Language (in speaking, listening, reading, and/or writing; developmental or related to brain injury or disease, e.g., aphasia)
  • Resonance (hypernasal or hyponasal voice quality)
  • Social language (including individuals on the autism spectrum)
  • Speech disorders related to brain injury or disease (including dysarthria and apraxia)
  • Swallowing (dysphagia)
  • Voice (pitch, loudness, voice quality)

Diagnostic Services

Initial diagnostic evaluations for community members of all ages are typically conducted during scheduled Outpatient Speech-Language clinics by assigned diagnostic teams. These teams are comprised of graduate students in speech-language pathology who are fully supervised by certified, licensed University faculty speech-language pathologists. The initial diagnostic appointment typically is two and one-half hours in length. The evaluation usually includes a:

  • Parent or client interview for obtaining pertinent information
  • Battery of diagnostic assessments
  • Consultation period at the conclusion of the diagnostic procedures to discuss the testing results and recommendations
  • Written report of the findings

Treatment Services

Treatment services for children and adults of all ages are available to members of the surrounding communities who have been diagnosed with a communication disorder. Each client’s treatment program is specifically designed to meet his/her individual needs. The treatment sessions are conducted on an individual or small group basis. Most clients receive two sessions of treatment per week for 50 minutes per session; however, some sessions are one time per week for 90 minutes. Treatment is conducted by students with advanced training in the speech-language pathology program who are supervised by certified, licensed University faculty members. The hours of operation are Monday through Friday from 8:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M.

Clinic Policies

The primary purpose of the Utah State University Speech-Language-Hearing Center is to train students in the Department of Communicative Disorders and Deaf Education. Clients who receive services at the USU Speech-Language-Hearing Center should understand that these services are provided by students in the Department who are supervised by certified, licensed faculty members at a level appropriate for the student’s training.

The graduate programs in Speech-Language Pathology and in Audiology are both accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, 2200 Research Boulevard #310, Rockville, Maryland 20850, 800-498-2071 or 301-296-5700.

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