We’re all aware of the incredible medical facilities on campuses around the nation, but most of us don’t know about the help offered to children with speech disorders. Since I’m interested in learning about how children are getting help around the nation on university campuses, I’ll take you on a bit of a tour–here on this blog–while I do my research.
First on our online tour is Western Washington University’s Speech-Language-Hearing Clinic, operated by the Department of Communication Sciences Disorders. (Full disclosure: my sister used to help out with this clinic when she was obtaining her speech pathology and audiology degree from Western.)
What’s the clinic offer children with speech disorders? Here are the highlights:
- Comprehensive evaluations
- Individual and group sessions to help children learn to speek properly
- Literacy skills (because speech disorders create and compound literacy issues)
Who offers the services? Students in training, closely supervised by folks who are certified to do this type of work.
Any other awesomeness? The clinic also offers educational programs and consultation services. For adults, they offer training for those reentering communities and the workforce. This is essential for those who struggle psychologically as a result of their speech disorders. (Many who have suffered from speech disorders feel unintelligent; this is an unfortunate result of being wrongly perceived as being unintelligent.)
To learn how to get involved with the Speech-Language-Hearing Clinic at Western, check out their website.