At this time the UL Lafayette Speech, Language and Hearing Center is conducting services through both face to face interactions and HIPAA-compliant telepractice platforms. We offer assessments and treatment of a wide range of communication services for all ages including, but not limited to:
- Articulation / Speech / Accent Modification
- Aphasia / Stroke
- Hearing Screening
- Augmentative /Alternative Communication
- Cochlear Implants / Hearing Impairments
- Developing Child Language
- Language Disorders
- Language and Literacy
- Traumatic Brain Injury
- Voice Disorders
- Transgender Voice/Communication Modification
- Voice Banking
All of our clinical instructors/supervisors are nationally certified by the American Speech Language and Hearing Association (ASHA) and licensed by the Louisiana Board of Examiners for Speech Pathology and Audiology (LBESPA).
Areas of Excellence & Specialty Projects
Language and Literacy Project
This specialized clinic setting operates during the summer focusing on language and literacy development in elementary and middle-school aged children. Six weeks of fun filled activities focus on intensive reading and writing experiences, in both individual and group settings. Major emphasis is placed on skills and strategies which utilize the entire language system to develop comprehension and meaning while reading and writing.
Specialized individual and group services are provided during the fall and spring semesters for individuals with communication or swallowing challenges resulting from a stroke or brain injury. These services include family education, individual assessment and interventions, and group treatment for conversation and reading.
During the summer semester the Summer Aphasia Group focuses on daily life application opportunities. The group meets three times per week for group and individual interactions. Functional communication for conversation, reading for life skills and enjoyment, and internet based communication are addressed.
An Aphasia Support Group meets the first Thursday of each month at 8:30 a.m. in affiliation with the Aphasia Center of Acadiana.
Group Interactions are also offered as part of a partnership with the Aphasia Center of Acadiana.
Stuttering and Fluency Clinics
The Stuttering and Fluency clinics are under the direction of Board Certified Fluency Specialists (only 159 specialists across the United States). These clinics promote complete and successful communication for those who stutter based on current scientific evidence. In addition to traditional stuttering therapies, local self-help groups for children and adults meet on the second Monday of each month in association with the National Stuttering Association. For more information on meeting times, contact Mrs. Anne Williams. During the summer, intensive programs are run for both young children and adolescents that also incorporate education of parents and other family members.
Early Language/Communication Preschool
Preschool aged children work on communication and socialization goals in a group therapy model designed to take advantage of peer interaction and structured communication activities. The communication preschool group meets twice per week in the fall and spring semesters and four days per week in the summer.
Social Communication Groups
Children on the higher functioning end of the autism spectrum are grouped by age to facilitate social skills, language skills, making new friends, and having fun. Depending on the age of the participants topics such as community outreach, safety, preparing for jobs, and managing finances have been explored. These groups are highly specialized to the interests of our participants and their families. These groups have built life long friendships for members of the community.
Augmentative and Alternative Communication
High and low tech devices and systems are available to enhance communication effectiveness of individuals with severe or multiple impairments (i.e.cerebral palsy, head injury, progressive neurological diseases, etc) Services include assessment and communication training incorporating multiple modalities. Individual and small group services are provided.
Voice Banking Services
Voice Banking is the process where you record your voice for use in Speech Generating Devices. These devices are often used by individuals, who through a variety of reasons, cannot use their natural voice to communicate. An individual can "bank" there own voice for later use or "donate" their voice for use in a nationwide database for individuals with speech or language disorders. For more information, contact our Clinic Office.
Evaluation and treatment for a full range of communicative disorders are offered at $25.00/session for individualized treatment and $100.00 for diagnostics and assessments. Specialty Clinics will provide costs with semester specific registration packets. The UL Lafayette Speech, Language and Hearing Center has a sliding scale fee system which is available upon request. Further information is available upon request.
Burke-Hawthorne Hall has designated handicap parking spaces directly adjacent to the building, as well as ramp accesses, and an elevator to the second floor. Parking permits are purchased through UL Lafayette Parking and Transportation.
The UL Lafayette Speech, Language and Hearing Center complies with the University of Louisiana at Lafayette Statement of Nondiscrimination and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, religion, sex, sexual orientation,or disability.