grad clinician playing baseball with child client receiving speech therapy
Grad student clinician Mallory engages a young client in his weekly speech therapy session using his love of the outdoors and baseball. SLP’s-in-training, especially those working with children, are encouraged by their mentors to use play to keep the sessions lively and to help children integrate newly-learned skills into their everyday activities.

Speech and Language Evaluation and Treatment for Children

The Wendell Johnson Speech and Hearing Clinic provides services to children who are in need of developing and expanding their speech and/or language skills. These difficulties may occur alone or may be seen in conjunction with diagnoses such as Global Developmental Delay, Specific Language Impairment and Autism Spectrum Disorders.

Evaluation and therapy are available for children with:

  • Language and/or speech delays
  • Language-related learning problems
  • Articulation and phonological disorders

Evaluation services include an interview, assessment, feedback and written report in order to determine and/or confirm a diagnosis, develop a treatment plan, and monitor progress over time.

Based on the results of the evaluation therapy sessions are tailored to the specific needs of each child. Clinicians use a variety of techniques and strategies to facilitate progress:

  • Individual therapy sessions give each child the personal attention he or she needs.
  • Group therapy sessions provide a realistic communication context in which children can practice newly developed skills.

Speech and Language Evaluation and Treatment for Adults

The Wendell Johnson Speech and Hearing Clinic also provides evaluations for adults who are experiencing problems in communication which may affect school performance, social experiences, and / or employment satisfaction. Clinical faculty who specialize in specific areas of communication including voice, fluency, aural rehabilitation, and neurogenics are available provide evaluation and, if desired, ongoing treatment. In addition to the specialty areas mentioned, adults seeking evaluation in this clinic may have difficulties in communication related to:

  • Autism Spectrum Disorders
  • Developmental delay/cognitive delays
  • Learning disabilities with language delays

An evaluation includes a complete history and interview; formal and informal testing; and a conference summarizing the results of the evaluation as well as specific recommendations. A written report follows to the client detailing all aspects of the evaluation. If additional referrals are needed or direct services are deemed appropriate and desired by the client, those arrangements are facilitated by the clinical faculty.