The UL Lafayette Speech, Language and Hearing Center offers assessments and treatment of a wide range of communication services for all ages including, but not limited to:
- Articulation / Speech / Accent Modification
- Aphasia / Stroke
- Audiological Services / Hearing Testing
- Augmentative /Alternative Communication
- Cochlear Implants / Hearing Impaired
- Developing Child Language
- Language Disorders
- Language and Literacy
- Traumatic Brain Injury
- Voice Disorders
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
A specialized clinic setting operates during the summer focusing on language and literacy with elementary 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 aphasia resulting from a stroke or brain injury. It includes family education, individual sessions and group treatment for conversation and reading.
During the summer semester, an intensive program of individual and group treatment known as the Summer Aphasia Project focusing on daily life application opportunities meets three times per week. 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.
Stuttering and Fluency Clinics
The Stuttering and Fluency clinics are under the direction of two Board Certified Fluency Specialists (only 159 specialists across the United States). The philosophy of these clinics is to 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 Dr. John Tetnowski. 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.
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.
Our voice laboratory is equipped with instrumentation to conduct measurements and treatment for voice disorders including laryngostroboscopy.
Evaluation and treatment for a full range of communicative disorders are offered at no charge. We have recently moved to a free clinic and requesting if possible, that you support us in the way of a donation that fits your preference. Donations can be made to the UL Lafayette Speech, Language, and Hearing Center through the UL Foundation, P.O. Box 44290, Lafayette LA, 70504. Our account is the CODI Enhancement Fund. The account number is 03359. Every donation counts and is appreciated! All donations made through the UL Foundation are tax deductible. Alternatively, a check may be left at the clinic window.
Burke-Hawthorne Hall has designated disabled parking spaces directly adjacent to the building, as well as ramp accesses, and an elevator to the second floor. Parking permits are purchased through transportation services with a letter from the clinic office.
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.