The Western Kentucky University Communication Disorders Clinic provides effective assessment and treatment services to individuals with communication disorders and serves as a state of the art training facility for students in the Communication Sciences and Disorders Department. The WKU Communication Disorders Clinic is licensed by the State of Kentucky and operates within the guidelines set by the American Speech Language Hearing Association (ASHA). Student clinicians under the supervision of licensed and certified Speech Language Pathologists and/or Audiologists provide services. Evaluation, treatment, and consultative services are offered to any age individuals in the following areas:
• Language Disorders: result from any difficulty with the understanding and/or use of language.
• Articulation Disorders: result in incorrect production of speech sounds.
• Voice Disorders: result from any deviation in pitch, intensity, quality, or other basic vocal attribute, which consistently interferes with communication.
• Fluency Disorders (stuttering): result when there is an interruption of the flow of speech subsequently affecting the communication process.
• Hearing Disorders: result in an inability to perceive sound within the normal hearing range.
• Swallowing Disorders: result in an inability to swallow effectively.
• Accent/Dialect Reduction Therapy
• English as a Second Language (ESL) Therapy
Audiological services at the Clinical Education Complex include hearing evaluations, hearing aid checks, and hearing aid evaluations. The audiology staff is able to evaluate both children and adults. In addition, this unit is equipped to provide central auditory evaluation. For industries complying with noise exposure regulations, the audiology unit can provide OSHA compliant annual hearing tests as well as monitor employee hearing tests for significant changes in hearing.
Referrals of individuals with communication disorders will be accepted from physicians, allied health professionals, educators, parents, and adults. To make a referral, or to inquire further about the Western Kentucky University Communication Disorders Clinic, contact Mary Lloyd Moore, Clinic Director, (270) 745-2183.
The primary role of WKU’s Communication Disorders Clinic is to be a training facility for future speech language pathologists. But the clinic also provides services for clients across the area.
A young Bowling Green woman who overcame a cancer diagnosis and a stroke is moving on with her life and WKU’s Communication Disorders Clinic is a big reason why. Amy Bingham has her story in the View from the Hill.
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